To our Blue Cross Blue Shield Members in Michigan:
Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Here are some ways a Health Coach can help you to quit tobacco for good.
Your Benefits Team
You’ve made the decision to quit. Now comes the hard part. Quitting requires determination, behavior change and support. The benefits of quitting are immediate and long-term. You can reverse some of the damage tobacco causes to your body. You can reduce your risk for tobacco-related illnesses and add years to your life. Plus, you can save money – on the tobacco itself and on the cost of tobacco-related illnesses.
QUIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
Your Health Coach can guide you through the hurdles of quitting with convenient programs that give you the information, strategies and support you need to quit at your own pace. Programs include:
- Unlimited toll-free telephone access to a coach trained to help people quit tobacco
- Personalized attention to meet your individual needs
- Ongoing support from your coach to keep you on track, so you can kick the habit once and for all
COPE WITH WITHDRAWAL
The discomforts of nicotine withdrawal are temporary but difficult. Every day that you remain tobacco-free is a victory. Reward yourself in some small way for another smoke-free day.
FEND OFF CRAVINGS
When cravings hit, call your coach for support. Talk through your craving, identify your tobacco triggers, get tips for making behavioral changes and get the encouragement you need to stick with your decision to quit.
CURB WEIGHT GAIN
If you are tempted to replace tobacco with food, take your mind off eating by doing something else you enjoy. Call your coach for tips.
Part of quitting tobacco is finding ways to handle stress. Practice relaxation techniques, like yoga, deep breathing or meditation.
Kick the habit for the last time. Talk to your doctor. Or contact a Blues On Call™ Health Coach at 1-888-BLUE-428 (1-888-258-3428) for tips to quit.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 04/15 CS 201324