New Benefit for Employees Trying to Quit Smoking
Even after a smoker decides to kick the habit, quitting can be hard. Smoking often becomes part of a lifestyle, and sometimes is a reflex response to boredom.
But thanks to a new benefit for state employees, quitting just got a little easier.
Under benefit changes approved in May, state employees can now receive free smoking cessation medications, including gum, patches, nasal sprays, inhalers and lozenges.
Arizona Benefit Options, the state division that handles benefits information for state employees, is promoting the service, which covers up to $500 in medications over the life of the employee.
"Quitting is very difficult," said Stephen Michael, director of the Arizona Smokers' Helpline, a service offered to Arizona residents trying to quit. read more »