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CIGNA Sponsors Smoking Cessation Program

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NU Online News Service, Aug. 13, 9:56 a.m. – CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, has set up a year-long smoking cessation program for employees and dependents who want to stop smoking.

CIGNA is offering the program through the Web, the mail and telephone counseling sessions. More than 400 people have already signed up, the company says.

Organizers of the program are trying to tailor it to the needs of each participant by using surveys to find out what barriers are keeping individuals from quitting.

The program deals with topics such as exploring reasons for quitting, coping with withdrawal symptoms and coming up with alternatives to smoking. The program also encourages participants to use nicotine- replacement therapies to help resist cravings, CIGNA says.