This WVU Medicine six-week (one hour per session) smoking cessation program is led
by a team consisting of a certified tobacco cessation counselor and a doctor of pharmacy.
Various strategies to assist in quitting tobacco are discussed, and program leaders
provide advice and resources to participants on obtaining nicotine replacement products.
Class attendees choose a quit date and make plans for success. There is no cost to
participate in the program. Call WVU’s Cancer Prevention line at
to sign up.
WVU INSURANCE PLAN BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO BENEFITS-ELIGIBLE FACULTY AND STAFF
For WVU benefits-eligible employees, cessation services are available through insurance
- PEIA PPB Plans A, B and D provide benefits for participants who wish to quit smoking
or using smokeless tobacco products. These products not only include cigarettes
and cigars, but also smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping. To access this
benefit, visit your primary care provider.
- PEIA will cover an initial and follow-up visit to your physician or nurse practitioner.
Tobacco-cessation products (both prescription and non-prescription) are available
at no cost when prescribed by a physician and purchased through a network pharmacy.
Both the deductible and the copayment are waived. PEIA will cover two 12-week
cycles of drug therapy even if more than one type of therapy is used. If extended
therapy is required, the provider must submit a written appeal to the director
of PEIA with proof of medical necessity.
- You can use the benefit (office visits and prescriptions) twice per year (i.e.,
rolling 12-month period). For pregnant participants, PEIA will provide 100% coverage
for the tobacco-cessation benefit during any pregnancy. For more information
and details about which tobacco-cessation products are covered under the Affordable
Care Act Preventive Services, visit the
PEIA cessation services
888-680-7342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Health Plan offers members smoking cessation classes to help you stop smoking,
rubbing or chewing. Coverage for smoking cessation classes is free for most members.
Coverage for self-funded members may vary. For more information, visit the
WVU INSURANCE PLAN BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS
WVU students (graduate and undergraduate) covered under Aetna Student Health Insurance
are provided “use of tobacco products counseling office visits,” which are covered
at 100% of the negotiated charge per visit. No copayment or policy-year deductible
applies. Call 866-654-2338
for more information. You also may view
WEST VIRGINIA TOBACCO QUITLINE
Some West Virginians are eligible to receive free phone coaching services and free
nicotine replacement products through the West Virginia Tobacco QuitLine. Call 877-966-8784
for more information. You also may visit the West Virginia Tobacco QuitLine
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
The National Cancer Institute also operates a QuitLine, which is open to anyone
who calls. QuitLine is free and anonymous and provides smoking cessation counseling.
The program does not offer nicotine replacement therapy. QuitLine can be reached
. Smoke-free apps are available at smokefree.gov/tools-tips/apps.