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Health Reward Stat of the Day – June 8

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A recent HealthMine survey of 750 wellness program participants indicates that only 37% say smoking cessation programs are included in their plan. Even in plans that do include quit smoking programs, 87% said they need an incentive, or they would be unlikely to complete the program. As new findings show that combining a penalty with a reward can double success rates for smoking cessation, HealthMine found that only 32% of wellness program enrollees say their program includes any incentives for smoking cessation.

Plan members support both incentives and disincentives for smoking cessation: 63% of consumers think colleagues that smoke tobacco products should pay more for health insurance, while 48% of consumers think that e-cigarette smokers should be penalized, HealthMine uncovered in its January Health Plan Member Survey.

But as use of e-cigarettes has drastically increased, tripling among teens between 2013 and 2014, and as new research shows thatsmoking tobacco may be even more risky than previously believed, wellness programs may not be doing all they can to address this hazardous habit for their members; only 37% of wellness program participants say a smoking cessation program is included in their wellness plan.

About the Survey
The HealthMine Wellness Program Member Survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) on April 1-12, 2015. Data were collected via an opt-in panel of 750 consumers in a wellness program. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

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