What is smoking cessation counseling? Tips on locating a professional
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Over the past several years, more and more smoking cessation programs and clinics have sprung up.

Some smokers have asked us whether they can simply quit with our product, Rien Pipe, or whether they need additional treatment in order to quit smoking.  Others have asked whether they can use Rien Pipe in conjunction with a cessation program (short answer: absolutely) and have wondered what these kinds of programs might entail.  In many cases, people are wondering about the cost of smoking cessation programs, whether they’re really effective.  These folks may be hesitating to stop smoking due solely to an imagined hurdle that seeing a professional may be expensive.  This time we’ll introduce the benefits of visiting a cessation outpatient clinic, the period and cost of smoking cessation.

 

Benefits of joining a smoking cessation program

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Generally speaking, there are many people who are frustrated with their smoking habit and who take steps to quit, but for various reasons cannot continue quitting under their own power.  However, it seems that about 80% of people who received cessation-related counseling were ultimately able to succeed in quitting smoking.

By joining a cessation program or getting cessation counseling, you not only increase your chances of quitting, but also increase your likelihood of staying quit long-term.  The professionals running such programs can help you quit smoking in a manner that suits you.  In addition, by periodically checking in with your quit coach, you can help maintain your motivation.  It is quite encouraging to have someone with experience who supports you and your smoke-free goal.

In these programs, the doctor or counselor may recommend a medication or nicotine replacement treatment (NRT) to help combat your smoking addiction.  One of the merits of cessation programs is to get appropriate advice from a trained professional who has helped others quit in the past.

Rien Pipe represents a rather new approach to quitting smoking and, as of this writing, many cessation counselors are likely unfamiliar with its benefits.  Since Rien Pipe is a non-pharmaceutical approach to quitting smoking, it can best be utilized in combination with counseling that revolves around techniques you can use to modify your behavior.  If you would like assistance in explaining how Rien Pipe functions, please get in touch with us.

 

Does insurance cover smoking cessation?

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Short answer: in most cases – even if you are uninsured – there is likely some kind of free treatment program available to help you quit smoking.  The extent to which health insurance covers cessation treatment depends on the state and on the insurance company involved.

If you live in the United States, the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) included smoking cessation therapy (including medication) as a free preventive service on all non-grandfathered plans sold since September 23, 2010.  (And actually, if you are a smoker, your insurance provider may be charging you up to 50% more for your smoking status.)  Generally you are considered a smoker if you have used tobacco 4 or more days a week for the past 6 months.  And if you have a different insurance provider, it’s worth giving them a call or having a look at their website to understand what kind of assistance they provide.

In other countries, the system can be quite different.  Some will only support up to 4 quit attempts per year and will only provide a certain number of nicotine patches or telephone support.  Others will require that you agree in writing that you will join a cessation program and outline your reasons why you intend to quit.  The good thing is that many countries have a national quit smoking hotline that you can call for advice.  Some of these are listed below.

Australia
Web: www.quitnow.gov.au
Phone: 13 7848

Canada
Web: www.smokershelpline.ca
Phone: 1-877-513-5333

UK
Web: www.nhs.uk/smokefree
Phone: 0300 123 1044

USA
Web: www.Smokefree.gov
Phone: 1-800-784-8669

 

How much do smoking cessation programs cost?

Depending on individual circumstances, most cessation programs will have a base option that is offered for free, with additional paid options available.  For instance, this may consist of 4 telephone counseling sessions (once per week for 4 weeks) or in-person outpatient visits.  Generally, paid programs tend to run 8 to 12 weeks (2-3 months), include a certain number of subsidized NRT and cost between $100-200.  There are also a number of ongoing smoking studies and clinical trials that people interested in quitting smoking can consider as well.

When you consider how much you spend on cigarettes, you’ll probably find that even the short-term cost of smoking is more expensive than the treatment options available.  And when you weigh the long-term consequences of smoking (e.g. hospitalization for heart attacks, cancer treatment, surgeries and the like), investing in quitting is well worth the challenge.

 

Final word

This time, we noted certain details about the period, cost, benefits, etc. involved in smoking cessation clinics. There are many forms of cessation programs, some focusing on one-on-one treatment while others involving group counseling.  Generally, cessation counseling used in conjunction with a cessation aid, such as Rien Pipe, may dramatically raise your chances of quitting and staying quit.  If you are seriously considering quitting smoking, act today: call your state or national quit line, or insurance provider, and take that step toward finally becoming a non-smoker.