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What is the Tobacco Intervention Program (TIP)?

The Tobacco Intervention Program (TIP) is a service provided for individuals who want to quit using tobacco.

TIP is founded upon state-of-the-art clinical practices and evidence based research. Core elements of the program include group and individual support, as well as pharmacological education and carbon monoxide monitoring.

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What is the first step in treating nicotine dependence?

The first step in treating nicotine dependence is identifying the individual's motivation to quit, level of nicotine dependence, pattern of tobacco use, environmental factors, physical or medical consequences, and previous quit attempts.

By gathering this type of information, we are able to obtain a clear picture of the individual's needs and strengths. We then tailor the treatment intervention for each individual.

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What about nicotine replacement therapies or other medication?

These medications can help lessen the urge to use tobacco and will more or less double an individual's chance of quitting tobacco use.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved five first-line medications to help individuals quit tobacco use:

  • Bupropion SR (also known as Zyban or Wellbutrin)
  • Nicotine inhaler
  • Nicotine nasal spray
  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine patch
  • Nicotine lozenge
  • Chantix
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How much does the TIP cost?

The Tobacco Intervention Program is a benefit provided by your employer to all EAP-eligible employees. For all eligible employees, the TIP services are free. At this time, family members of employees can also access the Tobacco Intervention Program at a minimal cost.

Treating tobacco dependence is both clinically effective and extremely cost-effective, relative to treating other medical disease interventions (for example, persistent bronchitis, lung cancer, or COPD). Please contact the EAP for additional information on how to receive TIP services.”

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Does the TIP work?

Yes. Effective treatments exist that may produce long-term or even permanent results. However, nicotine dependence is a chronic condition. It may last a long time and often requires repeated interventions.

There is a strong dose-response relationship between the intensity of tobacco dependence counseling and its effectiveness. Treatment involving person-to-person contact, through group, individual, or telephone counseling are consistently effective.

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What if I start using tobacco again?

Most relapses occur within the first three months after quitting tobacco use. Don't be discouraged. Most people try to quit, several times, before they are successful. Some of the most common situations to look out for include:

  • Alcohol
  • Other smokers
  • Weight Gain
  • Bad mood or depression

If you are having problems with any of these situations, please talk to your doctor or counselor.

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