To promote health and wellness on campus and in our community, Western Michigan University launched Kick the Nic—a program administered by Sindecuse Health Center that gives students, faculty, staff, and dependents a variety of resources to choose from to successfully stop using tobacco.
Choose a program to stop using tobacco
Methods available to encourage tobacco users to quit include phone or appointment consultations with tobacco cessation specialists, clinician appointments for prescription products and other on-line programming. The goal is to encourage people to quit using tobacco by providing convenient, supportive programming optimized for their lifestyle. Several programs are available.
Talk to a specialist at Sindecuse
Convenient phone consultation or consultative appointments are available. Call (269) 387-3290 to schedule your phone consultation or appointment.
There are no out-of-pocket expenses for phone consultations or visits with the Sindecuse tobacco cessation specialist if you are a faculty, staff, dependent or WMU retiree covered by BCBS PPO group #007005281. For students and WMU employees covered under other insurance plans, Sindecuse staff will assist you by submitting charges to your insurance company for tobacco cessation services.
Visit a clinician at Sindecuse
Sindecuse Health Center clinicians encourage you to choose programs available for tobacco cessation in addition to receiving prescription items. If you are participating in a tobacco cessation program and would like to talk to a clinician about receiving a prescription to stop smoking, call (269) 387-3290 to schedule an appointment.
Some nicotine replacement products are available without a prescription in our pharmacy and do not require a clinician visit. Scheduling an appointment to receive a prescription does not automatically enroll you in Kick the Nic. There are just a few easy steps to enroll, see the "Reimbursement" section below.
Blue Cross Blue Shield—Quit the Nic
Quit the Nic is a telephone-based program designed to help eligible members in their efforts to quit all forms of tobacco use. Visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield website to learn more.
Aetna Quitting Smoking, for Aetna Student Health Customers
Aetna offers helpful strategies for quitting smoking and staying smoke-free. A broad range of useful information is available to help you prepare. Visit the Aetna website to learn more.
Other online programs
You may also consider participating in an online program to help you achieve your goal. Websites you may find useful include American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and Tobacco Free U.
Nicotine replacement products
Nicotine replacement products include nicotine patches and nicotine gum. Sindecuse Pharmacy has licensed pharmacists available to answer questions regarding nicotine replacement and prescription products to help you stop using tobacco. Prescription products are only available with a clinician order. Please call (269) 387-3355 to talk with our pharmacy staff.
If you are a faculty member, staff person, dependent or WMU retiree covered by BCBS PPO group #007005281, WMU will reimburse you for the cost of tobacco cessation products. Product costs are covered by insurance, just co-pays are reimbursed. Here's how it works:
- After being tobacco free for three months, you will receive a check from WMU for 50 percent of the cost of tobacco cessation products you've purchased through Sindecuse Pharmacy.
- After successfully quitting tobacco for 12 months, WMU will send you the remaining 50 percent of the total expenses incurred on products used.
If you participate in Kick the Nic program, you will receive reimbursement of no more than $500 for out-of-pocket expenses in your lifetime. To receive reimbursement, products must be purchased through Sindecuse Pharmacy.
Follow these simple steps for reimbursement:
- Review the resources above and decide which one you prefer to use to stop smoking.
If you plan to use the tobacco cessation specialist at Sindecuse, call (269) 387-3290 to schedule a phone consultation or in-person visit. Skip the remaining steps since enrollment will be done at the time of consultation or phone appointment.
- If your preferred method includes a resource other than a Sindecuse tobacco cessation specialist, enroll in Kick the Nic by calling (269) 387-3290 and request to speak to our tobacco cessation specialist. You will be directed to:
- Complete a release of information form.
- Confirm the date you plan to stop using tobacco.
- Receive additional information from the specialist.