3 Tips When Quitting Smoking and How Employee Benefits Can Help

November 20, 2019

Are you (or someone you love) addicted to smoking? It’s a damaging habit, but one you can quit once you’re ready. This is a popular time of year for Americans to take their first steps toward a smoke-free life. With that in mind, we’ve compiled three tips you can use to help you kick the habit (and save money with your employee benefits) so you can enjoy the benefits of life without smoking.

Quit smoking and save with your HSA or FSA

Talk to your doctor

Nicotine, which is a chemical found in cigarettes, is extremely addictive. That’s why many who have quit smoking have sought advice from a medical professional on building a plan and learning the best ways to mitigate the effects of no longer consuming nicotine from cigarettes.

There are a number of common smoking cessation products on the market, including nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, inhalers and nasal sprays to help with this. And, if your doctor writes a prescription for any smoking cessation product or medication, you can save money by using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds.

Communicate often

Life changes are always easier when you have someone you can lean on. When you’re ready to quit smoking, tell your family, friends, co-workers and/or a therapist. Having emotional support increases your chances of success.

Smoking cessation programs (also called stop smoking programs) are also an effective way to build a support system around you. These sessions can be either in a group setting or one-on-one. And they’re eligible expenses for your HSA and FSA funds.

Reward yourself

Cigarettes aren’t just bad for your health. Once you quit smoking, you’re saving money with each passing day. With the money saved by not buying cigarettes (and by using your pre-tax HSA and FSA funds to save on smoking cessation products), reward yourself! Set some milestones and celebrate your achievements. Each day, each week and each month without smoking is something worth recognizing.

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