Tobacco Cessation

Free and Clear Quit for Life Program

If you are enrolled in W&L's group health insurance through Anthem, you have access to The Free and Clear Quit for Life Program. All you have to do is call the toll-free number at 1-866-784-8454. Access to this benefit is free and is also available to your spouse if s/he is also covered under our group health insurance plan.

About the Program:

Quit Coach™

Our Quit Coaches know how to help you quit tobacco. A Quit Coach will call you when it's convenient for you. And you can call them for extra support as many times as you need to, any day of the week.

Personal Quit Plan

You and your Quit Coach will create a Quit Plan just for you. Together you will decide when to quit and what techniques are right for you.

Quit Guides

You will receive Quit Guides with helpful tips and information to help you stay on track. You can refer to these guides between phone calls with your Quit Coach.

Quitting Treatments

Your Quit Coach will help you decide whether treatments like the nicotine patch or gum are right for you and if they are
covered by your health insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I've quit many times before. How can Free & Clear help me?

Quitting for life can take many attempts. Each one brings you closer to your goal of being free of tobacco. Your Free & Clear Quit Coach can help you explore and understand what's worked for you before and use that information to design a personalized quit plan. Our self­ management materials guide you through each step of the process, and help you address nicotine cravings with coping skills and medications such as the patch or bupropion. Plus, you have unlimited toll-free telephone access to our quit coaches throughout the program.

What if I start using tobacco again while I'm enrolled in the program?

The quit coaches are available by phone whenever you need them. Just as they helped you quit initially, they are there to help you get back on track if you start using tobacco again.

What about nicotine replacement products such as the patch or gum?

Your quit coach can help you decide if one of these products will work for you. You 'll work with the coach to create a plan for quitting, which may include helpful medications such as the patch, gum or bupropion. Research has shown that these products are much more effective when used in conjunction with behavior counseling.

Can I start this program immediately?

Yes! People move through a process of change when they quit successfully, and it's important not to rush through this process. Preparing to quit is vital to your success. It includes learning what to expect physically and emotionally, making a plan for handling stressful situations, and practicing techniques that will help you quit. Our quit coaches will help you prepare appropriately .

How long do the calls take?

The calls from your quit coach usually take 10-20 minutes, with the exception of the first call, which usually takes 25-30 minutes. During the first call the coach reviews your tobacco use history, and helps you develop a quit plan, including a recommendation on type, dose and duration of medication if appropriate . If you're not quite ready to quit yet, your coach will work with you to help get you closer to making that decision . And you can always call our toll-free number if you want additional support between your scheduled calls.

What training do your quit coaches receive?

Our quit coaches are professionals with a wide-range of educational backgrounds, including psychology, sociology, community health, counseling and social work. Each coach receives over 90 hours of initial training, provided by expert cessation training staff. Topics covered include all phases of nicotine dependence, assessing readiness to quit tobacco, assessment for and dosing of nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion, counseling techniques, proven quitting strategies and customer service skills. The training protocol has been developed based on the most reliable and current tobacco cessation science. All coaches receive comprehensive training in the use of motivational interviewing, brief solution-focused therapy techniques, and cognitive behavioral approaches to treating tobacco dependence.