Proposed legislation to help Calif. smokers quit

March 12, 2010 10:10:16 AM PST
State Senator Leland Yee is set to introduce legislation Friday that would require health insurance companies to include coverage for programs to help smokers kick the habit.

Senator Yee says the costs of tobacco-related death and disease approach $96 billion a year in medical expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity.

Yee says by getting health plans to cover the cost of smokers quitting, medical costs will be reduced and lives will be saved.

Coverage would include stop smoking aids like patches, nasal sprays and counseling.