I am currently receiving the Tobacco Surcharge. How and when does the surcharge stop?
If you indicated that you have used any form of tobacco or nicotine over five times in the last month upon Open Enrollment you will be surcharged $50 each month from your paycheck. To stop the Tobacco Surcharge, you need to enroll and successfully complete the Tobacco Cessation program. Successful completion is determined at your six-month check. You will need to complete the survey and indicate that you have quit and have not used tobacco over five times in the last month. LIVE FOR LIFE will notify payroll and your payroll deductions will stop. Submissions to payroll are based on the biweekly and monthly payroll cycles.
What programs are offered through LIVE FOR LIFE Tobacco Cessation?
The LIVE FOR LIFE Tobacco Cessation program falls under our Steps to Health program. You can feel confident knowing that stopping smoking is the one most important actions a person can take to improve their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking and secondhand smoke contribute to more deaths and diseases than any other substance or event.
In the program, each participant will:
- Complete an intake form to help identify the best tools and resources to quit.
- Meet in-person or over the phone with a tobacco coach to set a quit date and a quit plan.
- Receive email support and referrals to other tobacco support resources including:
Your tobacco coach checks in with you at three, six, and 12 months. We know how hard it is to let go of old familiar habits. When changing a behavior most people try and fail more than once - relapse is the rule rather than the exception. We can show you how to learn from and use these past experiences.
Who is eligible?
- Tobacco Cessation Support Programs: Duke faculty and staff who are eligible for Duke Benefits and adult dependents of faculty and staff that are enrolled in a Duke Health Plan.
- Discounted over-the-counter and prescription treatment: Duke Faculty and Staff and their adult dependents that are covered by a Duke health Plan and are enrolled in a tobacco cessation program.
How long is the tobacco program?
The LIVE FOR LIFE Tobacco Program is a 12-month program where participants initially meet over the phone or in person with a tobacco coach and progress follow occurs at three, six, and 12 months.
If participants report they have not quit, a new quit date and plan is established and the remaining progress checks will occur.
What are my over the counter and prescription treatment options?
Over the counter:
- Nicotine Patch
- Nicotine Gum
- Nicotine Lozenge
- CHANTIX is a prescription medicine to help adults quit smoking. It contains no nicotine and helps reduce the urge to smoke. A prescription is required for CHANTIX.
- Bupropion is a generic form of Zyban, another effective smoking cessation pharmaceutical. A prescription is required for Buproprion.
Do I need a prescription for treatment?
Participants do need to get a prescription for the CHANTIX and Buproprion. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) does not require a prescription from your doctor.
Is there a cost for treatment?
If you are enrolled in the LIVE FOR LIFE Tobacco Cessation Program, Duke covers the majority of the treatment cost. The cost can range from $40 to $63 per month. You will be responsible for covering $10 for each month of treatment.
How long is treatment provided?
Discounted treatment is provided for 3 months. If you choose to use treatment beyond 3 months, you will be responsible for the full cost of the treatment.
Can I use my WageWorks card?
Where do I get my treatment?
- Covered employees and their covered adult dependents can have their prescriptions filled at the Duke Outpatient Pharmacy in Duke Clinic, located on the first floor across from the gift shop.
- Covered employees and their covered adult dependents at Duke Regional Hospital should have their prescriptions filled at the Duke Outpatient Pharmacy or via mail order by calling (919) 684-2908.
- Covered Duke Raleigh Hospital employees and their covered adult dependents should have their prescriptions filled at the Plaza Pharmacist, located on the first floor of the hospital or by calling (919) 954-3921.
How will the Pharmacy know that I can get the discounted treatment?
On a weekly basis the pharmacy is given a list of those enrolled in the LIVE FOR LIFE tobacco-cessation program.