Tobacco Policy and Certification

Tobacco Policy and Certification

State of Texas law states that all participants enrolled in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) must certify tobacco use status.

Use your online ERS account to certify tobacco use by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your ERS account.
  2. Click the "Tobacco User Certification" link.
  3. Check "No" or "Yes" to accurately indicate your tobacco use status and do the same for all your dependents.
  4. Check the box, you must "certify your understanding and agreement to the following." 
  5. Click "Save."

You can also call ERS toll-free at (866) 399-6908 to certify.

No longer using tobacco? If you or any dependent you cover has quit using tobacco, sign into your account and click the "Tobacco User Certification" link to certify a change in tobacco use status.

Choose to Quit tobacco premium alternative
Choose to Quit is a program that encourages a tobacco-free lifestyle and allows tobacco users to have their Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) tobacco user premiums waived for the plan year (program rules apply).

Reporting tobacco fraud
If you have witnessed someone insured through the GBP, including a dependent, using a tobacco product five or more times within the past three consecutive months, please report this information to ERS. Click here to Report Tobacco Fraud.