Certify Tobacco Use

Certify Tobacco Use

All participants enrolled in a Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plan must be certified as a tobacco user or non-user. View details at Tobacco Policy and Certification.

Certify your tobacco use status or the status of a covered dependent through your ERS OnLine account: 

  1. Log in to ERS OnLine.
  2. Click “Tobacco User Certification” (under “My Insurance Information”).
  3. Check “Yes” or “No” to indicate your tobacco use status. Do the same for all dependents enrolled in a GBP health plan.
  4. Check the box confirming you understand the certification agreement and click “Save.”

You also can certify by calling ERS toll-free at (866) 399-6908.

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 tobacco user premium waived for the plan year. (Program rules apply.) View program requirements at Choose to Quit FAQs.

Reporting 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.