Be Safe from Substance Use
Tobacco and alcohol misuse and addiction continue to affect individuals and families across the nation. Help is available.
Jefferson Health Plans is committed to compassionately helping and supporting our members seeking tobacco cessation and/or alcohol recovery. This page contains information about resources available to our members.
Tobacco use includes smoking cigarettes, vaping, using e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and dipping snuff. Tobacco use leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Becoming tobacco free can be a challenge, but help is available.
Your doctors and dentist can educate you about the benefits of quitting tobacco and can prescribe you tobacco cessation products, including nicotine replacement therapies. Many providers are specially trained to help patients stop using tobacco. Talk to your PCP about quitting.
Prescription Aids to Help you Quit
Jefferson Health Plans’ pharmacy benefits cover tobacco cessation products prescribed by a doctor. Over-the-counter medications may be another option. Members should check their plan’s formulary for the most up-to-date drug coverage. The Health Partners (Medicaid) formulary, KidzPartners (CHIP) formulary and Health Partners Medicare formularies are available online at any time.
Note: Formularies are subject to change. Please call Member Relations if you have questions about your prescription drug coverage.
Smoking During Pregnancy
Pennsylvania’s Free Quitline can help pregnant women quit using tobacco. You will receive coaching during your pregnancy. After you deliver, your coach will help you quit and stay tobacco free. Call 1-800-784-8669 to learn more.
Talk to your OB provider about using prescription medication to help you quit. These medications are safe to take during pregnancy and protect your baby from the harmful effects of tobacco.
Our Baby Partners care coordinators provide pregnant members with help and resources they need to quit. Call 1-866-500-4571 (TTY 1-877-454-8477) to connect with our Baby Partners team.
Becoming Tobacco Free Resources
- HPP’s online resource You Can Quit Using Tobacco
- PA Free Quitline
- American Lung Association; 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
- Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Resources
- Smoke Free Philly
Thousands of Americans receive help for alcohol use every single day. If you’re struggling, you are not alone. Help is available if you or a family member is concerned about your drinking.
What is At-Risk Drinking?
At-risk or heavy drinking is defined as:
- More than 5 drinks on any day or more than 15 per week for men 21 years and older
- More than 4 drinks on any day or more than 8 per week for women 21 years and older
- Any drinking by anyone under 21 or by a pregnant woman
At-risk or heavy drinking (sometimes called binge drinking) can cause serious health problems and complications, including chronic diseases, cancer, memory and learning problems, alcohol use disorder and unintended injuries.
Alcohol and Pregnancy
If you are trying to get pregnant, you should not drink alcohol. Stop drinking alcohol as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.
No amount of alcohol is safe to use during pregnancy. Even 1 drink or less per day can cause lifelong problems for your baby, as drinking during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Help is Available
You can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get help right now. This free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline can refer you to local treatment facilities, support groups and community organizations.