- View the GU Smoke and Tobacco-Free Email Announcement from Charles DeSantis (4/25/19) - coming soon
- View the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy
As the University looks toward a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus in 2020, now is the perfect time to commit to quit your tobacco habit.
If you need support, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a number of resources to assist you in the “how” of quitting. Whether you prefer to tackle it on your own, with a coach, seek out a group, explore tobacco-cessation prescriptions, you’ll find information here.
During this twelve-week online program, you will learn the strategies to help you quit tobacco for good. You will also create your own quit plan, which will help you when you quit tobacco in week 9 of the program. This program is specifically built to prepare you for your quit day in week 9. Log in to Health Advocate and click on Well-Being, then Workshops. Health Advocate also has free coaching available – by phone, email or text – to support you in your cessation process. If you do not have access to the Health Advocate System, please contact Rachel Bridges at email@example.com.
American Cancer Society
ACS provides exceptional support to those who are contemplating and/or ready to quit smoking. The US Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.” It’s hard to quit smoking, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting tobacco and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. You’ll find this information on the American Cancer Society website. Most states (and the District of Columbia) offer free and unlimited access to the ACS Quit for Life program. Learn more at https://www.cancer.org/.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has been helping people quit smoking for over 35 years. Here are some additional resources and tools available from the ALA (https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/), including Freedom From Smoking®. Ranked as one of the most effective programs in the country, Freedom From Smoking has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking for good and is now available in a variety of formats.
National Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Telephone-based quit-smoking programs link callers to trained counselors. These counselors can help you put together a quit plan that is tailored to how you smoke, and they can also help you avoid common problems. This resource is available free of cost.
Online quit-smoking programs may work for you if your schedule doesn't allow you to attend in-person programs. There are many programs, such as the one at www.smokefree.gov, that offer programs and resources to help you quit smoking. A text messaging program is also available from www.smokefree.gov called SmokefreeTXT.
BecomeAnEx (www.becomeanex.org) is an online program offered through the Mayo Clinic. All the resources offered are free. Whether you considering a change, actively planning a change or ready to quit, this is an evidence-based online program can support you in your efforts.
Students can also visit http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu, https://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/health-promotion, or facebook.com/GUHealthEd for cessation information and resources.
Faculty or staff also have access to a variety of cessation programs through all University-sponsored medical plans.
Kaiser’s Breathe program supports you as you explore why it’s hard to quit smoking, and offers tips and advice to help you give up the habit. You’ll receive a customized action plan that shows you successful ways to quit. Contact Kaiser by calling the main number on you Member ID card to learn more.
Log in to myuhc.com and explore the programs, coaching and other resources and information available through Rally. Learn about the tobacco cessation drugs covered – at no cost to you – under your health plan.
CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage POS & CDHP
The Healthways QuitNet program is available to all GU CareFirst members. In addition to online coaching, QuitNet’s digital experience and mobile app allows you to connect to give and receive encouragement. You can register by logging in to www.carefirst.com/myaccount, then click on Health Assessment and Online Coaching under Quick Links.