Smoking & Tobacco Cessation

The tobacco epidemic is among the greatest public health threats worldwide. Despite being the single largest preventable cause of death, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. Of those deaths, more than 6 million are the result of direct tobacco use, while an estimated 890,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, smoking tobacco harms nearly every organ of the body and increases the risk for a number of conditions, including diabetes, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and immune system problems, impotence and infertility.

Even though most adult smokers want to quit, kicking a tobacco habit is much easier said than done. While some tobacco users can successfully “quit cold turkey,” those who use a combination of cessation counseling and medication more than double their chances of becoming and staying smoke/tobacco-free.

Looking for some support? Active U.S. employees and family members who are enrolled in the Caterpillar healthcare plan are eligible to receive tobacco cessation benefits, which include:

  • 4 sessions of individual, group and phone counseling
  • 90 days of all FDA-approved smoking cessation medications
  • 2 quit attempts per year
  • No prior authorization for treatments
  • No out-of-pocket costs for plan participants using in-network providers in accordance with plan rules

Tobacco cessation benefits are provided by your primary care provider, so contact your physician’s office or call your health insurance carrier for more information or to begin your journey to become smoke/tobacco-free.

  • UnitedHealthcare (UHC): 866-228-4215 (7am – 7pm CT, Monday – Friday)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS): 844-228-2227 (7am – 7pm CT, Monday – Friday)
  • Cigna Global Health (international assignees): 800-441-2668 or 001-302-797-3100 (24-hour assistance available for prescription and medical benefit questions)
  • Magellan Rx: 877-228-7909 (24-hour assistance available for information about medications used for smoking cessation)