2. Can I be required to take a test for tobacco use?
Since tobacco use is legal for adults, any testing requirement would generally only apply to people who are court-ordered to be tested, such as for child custody reasons. However, since smokers tend to have higher health costs and are at an increased risk for developing a variety of diseases, some health and life insurance companies may require their applicants to be tested for tobacco use prior to accepting them as clients.
3. Where can I find information about quitting smoking?
There are many national organization and government resources available. For more information, see the MedlinePlus page on Stop smoking support programs. Additional web resources are listed on the Related Pages tab.
4. What kinds of nicotine replacement products are available?
There are a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) products and a few that are available by prescription. OTC products include nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges. Some companies market e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids, but the Food and Drug Administration has not approved them for this purpose, and some research has found that many elements in e-cigarette vapor can cause respiratory distress and disease. Nicotine products available by prescription include patches, inhalers, and nasal sprays. It is important to follow directions for their use and to keep them away from children. The products should be used in conjunction with a smoking cessation program. Talk to your health care provider about the best options for you. For more information, see the MedlinePlus page on Nicotine replacement therapy.
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