TrestleTree Tobacco Cessation Program

Make this quit attempt your last

TrestleTree offers a unique behavior-focused solution to becoming tobacco-free program available through Pace Industries. This telephonic coaching approach allows you to develop a trusting relationship with a Health Coach and develop an individualized plan for change. Coaching sessions follow a whole-person philosophy where you will work with your Health Coach on multiple areas of your life and health (e.g. exercise, nutrition, relational, financial) to uniquely tailor the tobacco cessation program to you.

How to Enroll

Call 1-866-523-8185 and speak to a TrestleTree representative to enroll in the program.

When to Enroll

You must enroll within 30 days of your date of hire and start your coaching before your medical effective date to avoid being charged the tobacco surcharge.

How to Enroll

Call 1-866-523-8185 and speak to a TrestleTree representative to enroll in the program.

When to Enroll

You must enroll within 30 days of your date of hire and start your coaching before your medical effective date to avoid being charged the tobacco surcharge.

What Happens in Coaching?

During your first appointment, your Health Coach will learn more about you by discussing your previous attempts to quit.  Your Coach will also help you identify external influences on your health, such as your family, work, social life, etc.  In subsequent appointments, you will work with your Health Coach to identify barriers to quitting, previous successes and current needs for your quit. Your Health Coach may also give you specific assignments to work on between appointments. These appointments are not scripted, but are a conversation between you and your Health Coach where goals and appropriate steps to achieve these goals are identified. Here’s what you can expect from your tobacco cessation program:

  • The program is individualized to you.
  • You will explore ways to increase social support and ways to cope with triggers and cravings.
  • You will receive written materials that can help you develop a quit plan and stay tobacco free.
  • The aim is for this to be your last attempt at quitting.
  • You and your Health Coach will talk about ways to stay quit. The program is individualized for you.
  • If you miss more than two appointments, the tobacco surcharge will begin being deducted from your paycheck.

Contacting My Health Coach

  • Coaching is conducted through scheduled telephone appointments Monday through Thursday between 7:00am and 9:00pm and Friday between 7:00am and 5:00pm Central Time.
  • Appointments range from 15 to 30 minutes and the frequency of appointments is dependent on your individual needs.
  • Your Health Coach will call you at a designated phone number at your scheduled appointment time.
  • Your Health Coach has a dedicated toll-free number that you may use to contact your Health Coach between appointments or at scheduled times.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You will work with your own health coach to make the right plan for you to quit using tobacco. Everything in the program will be individualized for you.
    • Explore ways to increase social support and ways to cope with triggers and cravings.
    • Receive written materials that can help you develop a plan and stay quit.
  • The goal of the coaching is to help you quit using tobacco and to help you maintain this quit long-term. The aim is for this to be your last quit attempt.
    • Use what you learned from previous quit attempts – what worked and what didn’t?
  • Talk about ways to help you stay quit and not slip back into using tobacco.
  • You don’t have to be ready to quit using tobacco today. Even if you are just thinking about it, your Health Coach will help you get ready to quit.
  • TrestleTree’s tobacco cessation program is free to you; it is a benefit covered by your employer.
  • Call 1-866-523-8185 to speak to an Engagement Specialist who will enroll you in the program.
  • If you miss an appointment, you can reschedule it with your health coach.
  • If you miss more than two appointments, your employer will be notified and you will be charged the tobacco surcharge.
  • Personal health coaching with TrestleTree is completely confidential. Your employer will not receive any personal information about you other than your name and whether or not you are enrolled in the program.
  • TrestleTree health coaching is conducted over the telephone through conveniently scheduled appointments with the same Health Coach each time.
  • Appointments will be anywhere from 15-30 minutes. How often you meet with your Health Coach depends on your individual needs.
  • TrestleTree Health Coaches are available for appointments Monday through Thursday, 7:00am to 9:00pm and Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm – Central Standard Time.

Tobacco Program Overview

Pace’s 24/7 Health & Safety vision is that of providing a safe and healthful workplace that supports positive health behaviors, facilitates opportunities to optimize individual health, organizational health, productivity and minimizes risk and liability. In accordance with this philosophy and due to the overwhelming known and substantial health hazards resulting from exposure to tobacco, it shall be the policy of Pace Industries to provide a tobacco-free environment for all associates and visitors effective September 1,2013. This policy covers the smoking of any tobacco product, the use of oral tobacco products or “spit” tobacco, and the use of any other tobacco product (e-cigarettes, snuff, etc.). This policy applies to associates, contractors, and visitors.

Tobacco Free Campus Policy

• Pace will expand the current smoking policy to become a Tobacco Free campus workplace. There will be no smoking, chewing, or use of any tobacco products within the facilities or on the property owned, rented, or leased by Pace Industries at any time.

• Associates will be informed of this policy through signs posted throughout Pace facilities and vehicles, newsletters, inserts in pay envelopes, the policy manual, and/or orientation and training.

Pace Tobacco Surcharge (does not apply to any collective bargaining agreements)

• Tobacco Surcharge will be in effect January 1, 2014. The surcharge only applies to employees and spouses who are on our medical insurance and are tobacco users.

• All Associates and Spouses covered under Pace health insurance will be required to fill out and turn in a Tobacco Use Certificate

Click here for the full Pace Tobacco Program Overview.

Smoking and Your Health

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It causes nearly one of every five deaths in the United States each year.

Smoking is a risk factor for several autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also play a role in periodic flare-ups of signs and symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Smoking doubles your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Recent studies show a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. Smoking is one of many factors—including weight, alcohol consumption, and activity level—that increase your risk for osteoporosis, a condition in which bones weaken and become more likely to fracture.

Significant bone loss has been found in older women and men who smoke. Quitting smoking appears to reduce the risk for low bone mass and fractures. However, it may take several years to lower a former smoker’s risk.

In addition, smoking from an early age puts women at even higher risk for osteoporosis. Smoking lowers the level of the hormone estrogen in your body, which can cause you to go through menopause earlier, boosting your risk for osteoporosis.

The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and damage the function of your heart. This damage increases your risk for:

• Atherosclerosis, a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in your arteries

• Aneurysms, which are bulging blood vessels that can burst and cause death

• Coronary heart disease (CHD), which happens when plaque builds up in the arteries

• Heart attack and damage to your arteries

• Heart disease

• Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs

• Stroke, which is sudden death of brain cells caused by blood clots or bleeding

Breathing tobacco smoke can even change your blood chemistry and damage your blood vessels. As you inhale smoke, cells that line your body’s blood vessels react to its chemicals. Your heart rate and blood pressure go up and your blood vessels thicken and narrow.

Every cigarette you smoke damages your breathing and scars your lungs. Smoking causes:

• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that gets worse over time and causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms

• Emphysema, a condition in which the walls between the air sacs in your lungs lose their ability to stretch and shrink back. Your lung tissue is destroyed, making it difficult or impossible to breathe.

• Chronic bronchitis, which causes swelling of the lining of your bronchial tubes. When this happens, less air flows to and from your lungs.

• Pneumonia

People with asthma can suffer severe attacks when around cigarette smoke.

Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. About 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Smoking cigarettes is the number-one risk factor for lung cancer. But, smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body, including your:

• Bladder

• Bone marrow and blood

• Cervix

• Esophagus

• Kidneys and ureters

• Larynx (voice box)

• Lungs

• Mouth, nose, and throat

• Pancreas

• Stomach

• Trachea

Tips From Former Smokers

Bill’s Story

Bill is angry with himself that he ever accepted that first cigarette. “When I was 15, I started smoking. It was a stupid thing I wish I could take back.” Bill has diabetes. He learned the hard way that smoking makes diabetes harder to control. At 37, Bill went blind in his left eye from a detached retina—damage to the inner lining of the eye. He also had kidney failure. Two years later, he had his leg amputated due to poor circulation—made worse from smoking. “I lost my leg, and that’s when I quit,” he says.

His life is very different now. Married and the father of four children, he says he worries that he won’t be able to provide for his family. “Smoking is a nasty addiction,” he says. “It’s not cool, and it doesn’t do anybody any good. Don’t ever start smoking.”

Jamason’s Story

18-year-old Jamason was diagnosed with asthma as an infant. He never really understood the dangers of secondhand smoke until it triggered a severe asthma attack. Jamason never smoked cigarettes. Even when friends tried to talk him into having one cigarette, he would reply, “It’s just not cool to smoke.”

Jamason’s worst attack occurred when he was 16, at a fast food restaurant where he worked. He was sweeping close to some coworkers who were smoking, and he started having trouble breathing. He called his mother, frantic for help. She found him at work gasping for air. He was hospitalized for 4 days.

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