Medical Center offers assistance, incentives to go tobacco-free

October 26, 2006

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine will go tobacco-free Jan. 1. No smoking or use of tobacco products of any kind will be permitted in buildings or on the grounds of facilities owned or leased by the Medical Center and College of Medicine.

To help employees adjust to the new policy, the Medical Center offers support and incentives for employees who choose to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco. Employees can join a free smoking-cessation program and earn points towards their health reimbursement arrangement by quitting tobacco and staying tobacco-free. To join a cessation class, call the Care Line at (800) 243-1455.

Discounted nicotine replacement therapies are available at the Medical Center pharmacy to employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under the Medical Center's medical plan. Individuals must work through the Medical Center's medication management program to qualify for the discount.

Since the announcement of the tobacco-free initiative, the Medical Center has seen an increase in the number of people enrolling in smoking cessation programs.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009