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  • Business Matters: Boost Your Bottom Line with Smoking Cessation

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    GET HELP
    The Alabama Department of Public Health can help businesses comply with the Affordable Care Act and help employees quit through a tobacco quitline service accessed at 1-800-QUITNOW or quitnowalabama.com.
     
    This service is provided at no cost to the employee or employer. The service provides interactive counseling and, for those medically eligible, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Counseling can be scheduled for days and times that are convenient for the employee. And NRT is mailed directly to the home of the employee. People using Alabama’s Quitline service have a success rate of 42 percent. Additionally, comprehensive smoke-free policies help to support employee cessation efforts.
     
    For more information on 1-800-QUITNOW or smoke-free workplaces, contact Jennifer Harris at 334-206-5667.
     
    BIG BENEFIT
    If you’ve got more than 50 employees, the Affordable Care Act requires you to offer smoking cessation services to your employees. The ADPH “quit smoking” services, including the nicotine replacement therapy, are totally free; they’re offered at no cost to the employer or the employee. Thanks to this FREE ADPH program, small businesses (who are not required to offer it) still can, meaning they can offer this great additional benefit to their employees.
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