Wellness @ Case

Case Western Reserve University sponsors a tobacco cessation series, which will include guided sessions for making a plan to quit and setting a quit date. Free onsite sessions are offered quarterly for faculty, staff and students by ease@work, our EAP vendor. Learn more about the program and how to register here.

Tobacco Attestation Form

As part of the Wellness Program, all faculty and staff with Benelect medical plan coverage through the University, or those who will be adding coverage for 2015, are encouraged to complete the online Tobacco Attestation Form between November 1-30. The form will be available on November 1st in HCM Self-Service – Benefits – Wellness.  Completion of the tobacco attestation form is necessary to obtain the Wellness Premium Incentive in 2015 as a Benelect plan participant.  Non-tobacco users who complete this form will automatically qualify for the monthly Wellness Premium Incentive in 2015 (as long as they have also completed the other two activities – Health Risk Appraisal and Biometric Screening). Tobacco users must complete a tobacco cessation program (non-tobacco use following the program is not a requirement). Please contact wellness@case.edu with questions.

Health Effects

Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances. The most damaging byproducts include tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. Most people are aware of the many health risks associated with smoking:

  • Lung Cancer
    (90% of lung cancer cases are due to smoking!).
  • Other Cancers
    (throat, mouth, bladder, esophageal, kidney, pancreas, and cervical cancers)
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
    (heart attack, stroke, thrombosis, high blood pressure and more)
  • Emphysema and other Chronic Lung Diseases
    (bronchitis, breathlessness, etc)
  • Other health issues include fertility problems, impotence, macular degeneration, cataracts, periodontal disease, ulcers, negative effects on skin, reduction in life expectancy, quality of life, and more.

If health risks are not enough to help you quit smoking, we encourage you to consider the effect smoking has on financial health. Aside from the obvious costs of purchasing cigarettes ($4.35-$9 per pack, or often over $3,000 per year), there are many incidental costs associated with smoking. These secondary costs can range anywhere between $5,000 per year to $15,000+ per year. Investing that money at just 4% return would result in over $200K in retirement!

In compliance with the State of Ohio smoking ban, Case Western Reserve University does not permit smoking in any of its buildings or structures, including University vehicles. In addition, all outside walkways and grounds of University property are smoke-free. There are University-designated smoking areas. We encourage all University smokers to seek assistance in quitting as soon as possible. Your health (physical and financial) may depend on it!

Tobacco Cessation Programs

Group Program

Eight-week sessions are available throughout the year. A representative from ease@work, our Employee Assistance Program vendor, leads each session. Goals of the program include:

  • Assess readiness to end tobacco use.
  • Identify reasons for wanting to quit and the barriers to quitting. What are your motivations? How do you stay focused?
  • Develop awareness around when you smoke in order to identify triggers and make a plan for behavior change.
  • A step-by-step program for ending nicotine use through self-discovery and group support, including aspects of behavior change, importance of good nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Quit Line Program - Individual Coaching

The Tobacco Cessation Quit Line Program offers benefits-eligible employees science-based tools and resources so you can take control of your habit. You will be five times more likely to succeed than someone who does not enroll.

  • No cost to you
  • A personalized coaching program with a professional Quitline coach
  • Up to five convenient-to-schedule calls with your coach, plus the option to call the QuitLine anytime you need help
  • Coaches available from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - Patches, gum, or lozenges
  • Clinical Guides on tips for quit success from the leading respiratory experts in the country

Enroll today: 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Resources available through your healthcare provider:

  • Medical Mutual of Ohio:
    Telephonic coaching service. Up to 5 coaching sessions and 4-week supply of NRT at no cost. Free service to MMO subscribers
  • Anthem Blue Access
    SelfHelpWorks, online programming. 40% discount available to Anthem subscribers.
  • Caremark
    Beginning January 1, 2013, over-the-counter nicotine replacement products - such as patches and gums - and tobacco cessation support medications are available at no out-of-pocket cost to participants in the CVS Caremark prescription drug insurance plan; a prescription is required to qualify for this enhanced benefit. No prior authorization is required. An annual limit of two cycles (12 weeks per cycle) for any combination of brand or generic nicotine replacement products or medications applies.
  • Kaiser Permanente
    Telephonic coaching, NRT, and other resources. Prescription drug copayments apply; other services are free to Kaiser subscribers.
  • Kp.org/Listen
    Online guided imagery program. Free resource available to anyone.
  • Center for Families and Children, EASE@Work
    Individual counseling with an addictions specialist, and/or hypnotherapist. 3 individal therapy sessions are covered under CWRU's contract. Available to CWRU employees and spouse/equivalent.

Other available resources:

  • A variety of brochures are available in Benefits Administration (2nd floor of Crawford Hall)
  • www.smokefree.gov National Cancer Institute – online Guide to Quitting and Smoking Quitline
  • www.cancer.org American Cancer Society. Under “Health Information Seekers,” select “quitting smoking.” Then select “Kick the Habit” Call (800) ACS-2345 for the number of the telephone “quitline” or other support in our area
  • www.cdc.gov/tobacco CDC Tobacco and Prevention Course
  • www.lungusa.org American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking online smoking cessation program
  • www.PhilipMorrisUSA.com Select Quit Assist
  • Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (800) 934-4840