Surprisingly easy ways to help patients quit smoking cigarettes
- Download a quit smoking app
There are plenty of downloadable quit smoking apps ready to coach patients along the way. Many former smokers recommend the LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach, a free app available on iTunes.
- Start a Quit Reward Fund
According to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine, putting money on the line can help smokers quit. Researchers found 15.7% of people successfully quit for at least six months when they were offered an $800 reward. Patients can set aside their own money as a deposit that they get back when they successfully quit.
- Ask Human Resources about resources
Many employers offer smoking cessation programs, which offer cash rewards, savings on insurance or other perks for not taking a puff. According to the American Lung Association, up to 57% of their smoking cessation program participants reported quitting smoking by the end of the program. Freedom From Smoking®, offered by American Lung Association is an often recommended program.
- Quit smoking with meditation
For many smokers, the act of lighting up is automatic. But a Yale University study found meditating and practicing mindfulness can cancel that relationship and slash cravings. Recommend a mobile app like Stop Smoking – Mindfulness Meditation App to Cessation Smoking Support.
- Consider medication
Over-the-counter nicotine patches are designed to lessen withdrawal symptoms and have been a go-to for decades. But if those haven’t worked prescription medications can reduce cravings or make smoking less enjoyable.
Measure Up! Medical Assistance with Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation (MSC) HEDIS® measure looks at members 18 and older to assess different facets of providing medical assistance with smoking and tobacco use cessation:
- Advising smokers and tobacco users to quit
- Discussing cessation medications
- Discussing cessation strategies
Measure adherence is determined by member response through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey.
November 2021 Anthem Provider News - Virginia