Pay & Benefits,Benefit Programs

Kick the Habit: Tobacco Cessation Options

Kick the Habit: Tobacco Cessation Options - Pay & Benefits, Benefit Programs


Do you want to quit smoking, or stop chewing tobacco? UW Hospital and Clinics is here to support you and help you kick the habit! Here are several options available to UWHC employees to help in your effort to quit: 

Employee Assistance Program (LifeMatters): UW Health's Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program has a phone-based tobacco cessation-coaching program that’s free for all UWHC employees and their family members. You will work one-on-one with the same coach for a total of six sessions. The coach will call you directly for all of the scheduled calls. During the first session, the coach will discuss your history of tobacco use, your motivation level to quit, set a quit date, and more; this session lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. The five follow-up sessions are approximately 15-20 minutes in length. In addition, you have unlimited access to a counselor 24/7/365 for additional support. These services are free and confidential. 

For more information, or to get started, visit LifeMatters at mylifematters.com or by calling 1-800-634-6433. Company Code is UWH1.

State Group Health Insurance – All UWHC employees and family members enrolled in State Group health insurance have access to the uniform prescription drug benefit which provides pharmacological products (with either $5 generic or $15 formulary co-pays) with a written prescription. The coverage also includes one office visit for counseling and attainment of the prescription, along with an additional four telephonic counseling sessions per calendar year. Supplementary counseling may be authorized by the health plan. 

Unity Health Insurance – Offers a Tobacco Cessation Kit and these additional programs to help support members in their effort to quit tobacco:

Group Health Cooperative (GHC)

Physicians Plus – Offers a Quit Tobacco for Life Program that provides useful information on tobacco cessation as well as the following programs:

Dean Health Insurance –

Other Resources available: