Blue Shield of California is a tobacco-free zone. Studies show that smokers are among the highest at-risk population, and quitting now greatly decreases the chance of contracting a major illness later in life.
Blue Shield of California offers many options to become tobacco-free:
- Tobacco cessation onsite and online classes offered at no cost. Both programs help employees and one adult dependent quit tobacco use by developing and following a plan.
- Reimbursement for over-the-counter nicotine replacement products of up to $300 annually.
- Access to the "Smoker's helpline" funded by the California Department of Health and offering a choice of services such as self-help materials, a referral list of other programs and one-on-one counseling over the phone.
- Self-guided online program that helps employees learn new ways of thinking and new techniques for staying on course toward the goal of being tobacco-free.