WMU partnering with you
Western Michigan University will go tobacco-free on September 1, and is offering support for students and employees who want to reduce their tobacco use.
WMU will cover the out-of-pocket cost up to $150 of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy or FDA-approved tobacco cessation prescriptions purchased at the Sindecuse Health Center Pharmacy for eligible WMU students or employees. The program ends Dec. 31. (The last day the Sindecuse Pharmacy is open in 2014 is Dec. 24.)
Researchers in the Department of Psychology are seeking volunteers to participate in a prize-based smoking cessation study. Volunteers must currently smoke at least five cigarettes per day, be 18 years of age or older, have been a smoker for two or more years, be interested in quitting, and not currently taking medications for smoking or nicotine replacement therapy.
Participants earn multiple draws per day for cash prizes ranging from $1 to $100. Participants will come to the behavioral research lab at 2533 Wood Hall to submit breath and saliva samples. Samples will be collected daily (Monday through Friday) for nine days, and then just twice per week for three weeks. For details call (269) 387-4490 or stop by 2533 Wood Hall for an application.
Individuals are encouraged to choose cessation support products that best suit their needs. If you are considering a prescription product, talk with your primary care clinician about whether it’s right for you.
Participants who choose over-the-counter products, like nicotine gum or patches, can ask for them at the Sindecuse Pharmacy.
Those who choose prescription products (i.e. Chantix, Nicotrol or Zyban) will need to have a prescription from a provider. The cost of an appointment with a clinician is not eligible for reimbursement by the program but may be covered by your insurance.
- Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a Sindecuse provider online or call (269) 387-3290 to schedule.
- WMU employees are encouraged to receive a prescription for tobacco cessation products from their primary care providers. The prescription must be filled at the Sindecuse Pharmacy to be eligible.
- Only products that are FDA-approved for tobacco cessation are covered. Medications covered by this plan will be dispensed in 30-day supplies.
Using your insurance
Your insurance company will be billed for the cost of prescription products. Participants will be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses exceeding the $150 per-person allowance after insurance has been billed. Check with your insurance plan to find out how they cover prescription tobacco cessation products.
The program does not need to be used in consecutive months. We understand that a plan to quit may be affected by external events and need to be restarted if interrupted.
Enrolled WMU students and employees (benefits-eligible, term and continuing) are eligible to participate. Spouses, dependents, retirees, and non-WMU area college students are not eligible for this program. Students must be 18 years of age or older.
This benefit may only be claimed at the Sindecuse Pharmacy. WMU will not reimburse expenses incurred at any other pharmacy.
Your Western identification number is required to track your reimbursement; bring your Bronco ID card to the pharmacy when you visit.
Participants will be asked to complete a survey before and after their use of cessation products to help measure program success.
Other support resources
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 consider participating in an online program to help you achieve your goal. Websites you may find useful include: