How to quit smoking this World No Tobacco Day using your health insurance
Thinking about butting out? Find out how your private health insurance can help.
It's World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging everyone that smokes to quit in the hopes of curbing the roughly seven million deaths worldwide every year that are directly related to the consumption of, and indirect exposure to, tobacco smoke. This year WHO is focussing on the link between tobacco and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
CVD is the leading cause of death around the world and smoking is the second major cause of CVD, behind hypertension. According to the World Heart Federation, "Smoking damages blood vessels and thickens blood. It increases blood rate and blood pressure and replaces oxygen, making it an important risk factor in the development of coronary disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease."
If you're looking to join in this World No Tobacco Day and quit smoking, pull out your extras policy to see whether you have cover for nicotine replacement therapies. Depending on your insurer, these can include Allen Carr's Easyway, Smokenders and UIT Foundation.
You may also be able to claim for nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, lozenges and inhalers. If these don't work for you, you may be able to claim for services like hypnotherapy under your broader health program cover.
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