Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent and increases the risk of many serious health complications. Few people successfully quit smoking on their own because nicotine addiction is a chronic, relapsing medical condition with physical and behavioral factors. Offering comprehensive smoking cessation benefits, including pharmacotherapy and behavioral support, can help smokers quit. Leading health agencies and business organizations have called for comprehensive smoking cessation benefits. A smoking cessation benefit has been shown to be valuable for both employees and employers.
Renee Juhl, PharmD, provides an overview on the financial and clinical impact of cigarette smoking on an organization, demonstrates the value of smoking cessation benefits to an organization, discusses the components of smoking cessation coverage, available treatment options and presents best practices in smoking cessation management.