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Learn about tobacco cessation

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people in the U.S. die from using or exposure to tobacco products.1 If you want to stop using tobacco or e-cigarettes, we can help.

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Want to quit smoking?

If you smoke or vape and want to quit, we can help. Call our Community Management Department at 1-813-392-5303 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastern time. We can give you information about resources in your community.

Health effects of using tobacco

Smoking/using cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco:

  • Can cause or worsen diseases or conditions, such as asthma or cancer
  • Exposes anyone near you to secondhand smoke
  • Harms nearly every organ of the body
  • Is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, the last year for which data is available:2,3

  • Nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults (an estimated 34.2 million adults) 18 and older smoked cigarettes
  • More than 16 million Americans lived with a smoking-related disease
  • Thousands of young people started smoking every day – a fact that anecdotal evidence finds occurs still today

Health effects of vaping and e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes:4

  • Are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air
  • Are known by many different names (e.g., e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, and electronic nicotine delivery systems)
  • Come in many shapes and sizes
  • Often have a battery, heating elements, and place to hold liquid
  • Often look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes

According to the American Lung Association (ALA):5

  • Most people who smoke today started when they were younger than 18
  • Youth nicotine or tobacco use (e.g., smoked, smokeless, or vaped) is not safe
  • Youths use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) more than any other tobacco product

All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes:

  • Are not safe to use
  • Can lead to the long-term use of tobacco products
  • Contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and negatively can affect brain development

The ALA says that:

  • A young person may try a tobacco product because of parents, social pressure, advertising, and stigma
  • A young person who vapes is more likely to smoke cigarettes
  • Parents can set a good example for their children by neither using tobacco nor having tobacco in their home

If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes – don’t start!

If you smoke or use other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, we can help you quit.

Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons

Our members can participate in Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons™, a wellness program that offers you the opportunity to earn rewards* for taking healthy actions.

Enroll in and complete our tobacco-cessation program, and you can earn up to $50 in rewards. During the program, you will complete eight coaching sessions. To enroll, e-mail EXD_CoachMailbox@humana.com.

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Note: If you don’t have a mobile phone, call Safelink Health Solutions® at 1-877-631-2550 to learn how you can get a smartphone at no cost to you.

*The Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons program is available only to members who are 18 years and older.

The Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons intention is for Tobacco Cessation Program to be completed in seven (7) months but will allow up to 12 months to complete eight (8) sessions giving the member an opportunity to make up for missed coaching sessions.

Sources

  1. Smoking Facts. American Lung Association. https://www.lung.org/quit-smoking/smoking-facts, opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
  2. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/index.htm, opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
  3. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Fast Facts and Fact Sheets. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/index.htm?s_cid=osh-stu-home-spotlight-001, opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
  4. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html, opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.
  5. Kids and Smoking. American Lung Association. https://www.lung.org/quit-smoking/helping-teens-quit/kids-and-smoking, opens new window. Last accessed on October 13, 2020.

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