Do you understand exactly what tobacco and nicotine are?
- Tobacco comes in the form of brown, cut up leaves that are either smoked (cigarettes, cigars, and pipes), dipped, or chewed.
- Nicotine is a toxic colorless or yellowish oily liquid that is the chief active constituent of tobacco. It acts as a stimulant in small doses, but in larger amounts blocks the action of autonomic nerve and skeletal muscle cells. Nicotine is also used in insecticides.
Smokes, Cigars, Cigarettes, Spit Tobacco, Dip, Chew, Snuff
Short Term Effects:
- Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- Increase in carbon monoxide, causing blood to carry less oxygen
- Initial stimulation,followed by fatigue and depression
- Imbalance in the demand for oxygen
Long Term Effects:
- Multiple forms of cancer
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic lung disease
- Heart disease
- Bad Hygiene
- Impaired sense of taste and smell
Did You Know…
All covered employees, retirees, spouses and dependents are required to certify the use of all types of tobacco products during Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2014. For the purpose of the surcharge, as defined above, a tobacco product is considered the following: Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, or any other product that contains tobacco or nicotine. Please see this link for additional information.
Effective January 1, 2014, the breakdown of the additional tobacco surcharge added to the monthly premiums is: