Tobacco Cessation Resources
The University of Texas at Austin supports its employees and students who want to quit using tobacco products by offering tobacco cessation programs at no or low cost.
For employees and students who do not want to quit but need help to feel more comfortable at work or during class, nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, lozenges or patches may be purchased in several campus convenience stores or the university’s on-campus pharmacy. Other non-nicotine therapy options may be available to you under your health benefits program.
- The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) offers Quitters, a free four-session tobacco cessation class. Students may call the Counseling and Mental Health Center at 512-471-3515 for more information or to sign up.
- University Health Services (UHS) provides a variety of web-based quit programs and information to assist students in living tobacco free.
- Students may make an appointment with a UHS medical provider if they are interested in discussing the use of prescription medication to assist in quitting tobacco by calling 512-471-4955 or scheduling an appointment online.
For staff and faculty
- The Human Resource Services HealthPoint Wellness program is offering free six-session tobacco cessation classes in partnership with Seton Healthcare and using the Mayo Clinic model.
- The UT Select insurance plans from the UT System Office of Employee Benefits now covers tobacco cessation counseling using network providers and nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications with authorized prescription for $0 copayment and no deductible.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to assist employees with identifying successful quit strategies. Call 512-471-3366 to schedule an appointment.
For all members of the campus community
- Quitters Mobile — This free, online step-by-step program supports users in their efforts to quit smoking by helping them to: ascertain their readiness to quit, identify their addiction level, build their social support system, learn about nicotine replacement therapies, and learn how to deal with triggers and cravings. Quitters Mobile includes interactive activities and videos of former smokers from the UT community. The mobile program is open to all students, faculty, and staff.
- QuitPal — This free interactive app developed by the National Cancer Institute provides tools to help those who want to be smoke-free using the latest evidence-based smoking cessation methods and behavior change theory.
- Freedom from Smoking® Online Program — Evidenced based on-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of eight self paced modules, each containing four lessons, and an interactive message board to assist you in quitting tobacco.
- Become an Ex — The EX plan teaches you how to live life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
- Quit Tobacco-Make Everyone Proud — Online program from the Department of Defense for US military service members and Veterans.
- My Last Dip — MyLastDip is a free web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
- Kill the Can — This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
- MedlinePlus® — Tobacco Cessation References