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Tobacco Cessation and Treatment

The availability and accessibility of effective tobacco cessation resources on your college campus is an important component of a comprehensive, tobacco-free policy. Campuses that provide an array of cessation options are well positioned to succeed. The following are a few examples of evidence-based programs that could be a part of your campus’s tobacco cessation program. This information is not meant to be exhaustive, and campuses are encouraged to develop a package of tobacco cessation programming that best meets the needs of their communities.

Freshstart – College Edition

Freshstart is a group-based, tobacco cessation program offered by the American Cancer Society. Freshstart provides essential cessation information, ideas for coping with cravings, and group support, and is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt. Freshstart incorporates the most current guidelines for tobacco cessation support into in-person, group sessions.

To offer the program on your campus, a representative from your institution must complete certification training online and become a certified Freshstart facilitator. For more information on the Freshstart program and to become a certified facilitator, please visit the Freshstart website here: https://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/freshstart.asp.

Telephone Quitlines

A telephone quitline is a tobacco cessation service available through a toll-free number. Quitlines are staffed by counselors trained specifically to help smokers quit and some states offer special programs for young adults and teens.  Get more information about state quitlines through the North American Quitline Consortium’s map (http://map.naquitline.org).

Local and state quitlines can be accessed by calling a central nationwide number, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

The National Cancer Institute also offers a free quitline: 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848).

Texting Programs and Mobile Apps

For those interested in easily accessible, self-paced options for quitting smoking, there are many free smartphone and tablet apps available. One example is QuitPal, a free, interactive app from the National Cancer Institute, which uses proven quit strategies and tools that allow users to set a quit date, define their financial goals and receive reminders to help them quit smoking. Find out more here:

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Smokefree.gov also provides options for those wanting to use a mobile option when quitting. Quit Guide tracks cravings, moods, slips, and smoke-free progress, and was designed for adults. quitSTART uses information entered into the app by smokers to provide tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges to help smokers quit. quitSTART was designed for teens, but adults can use it too.

SmokefreeTXT is a texting service also provided by smokefree.gov and, in addition to the general service, offers programs for different groups of smokers, like veterans, pregnant women, and teens.  The general and veteran programs are available in Spanish too.

General Websites

The following websites provide general, evidence-based information about quitting smoking:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Help with Quitting Smoking

If a student or staff person on your campus asks about available cessation resources, in addition to what you may provide on campus, you can also refer to the following frequently asked questions and answers:

What can I do to quit smoking?

Who can I call to talk to about quitting smoking?

  • Talk with your doctor about quitting smoking
  • Speak to a trained tobacco treatment counselor
  • The National Cancer Institute Quit line is free and open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time: 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848)
  • Speak with other smokers who are trying to quit
  • Nicotine Anonymous (NicA) is a free community of smokers providing support to each other to quit smoking. Find an in-person meeting at https://nicotine-anonymous.org/ or call 877-TRY-NICA (1-877-879-6422).

Who can I text about quitting smoking?

  • You may sign up for text messages at https://smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt . (Your cell phone company may charge to get these messages. Contact your provider for more information about your text messaging plan.)

Can I chat online with someone about smoking?

What websites can I visit to get information about smoking, quitting, or help with quitting?

If you would like to use a smart phone or tablet app to help you quit, try the following: