Resources for quitting
70% of current adult smokers say they want to quit and there are a many resources available if you're ready to do so. Here are the ones we recommend - find the right one that works for you.
Though intense, cravings will generally pass after 3-5 minutes. Students, faculty, and staff can get a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) from Rite Aid Pharmacy (655 Russell Blvd.) to help fight cravings. More information on NRTs is available here. You can find locations where NRTs are available on http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu.
The telephone counseling helplines below have been shown to double the chances of long-term quitting. Both operate out of UC San Diego.
UC Davis Students
Visit Student Health and Counseling Services' Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Intervention Services website or call (530) 752-6334 for one-on-one assistance and to learn about free tobacco cessation services available to all registered students, including a free one month (4 week) supply of nicotine replacement products.
Free "quit kits" are also available at the Student Health and Wellness Center to all registered students.
UC Davis Faculty and Staff
- Start the Quit for Life® program, which is available at no additional cost to University employees and family members who are enrolled in UC Care, Health Savings Plan, and Core plan. You will receive online and phone support and free nicotine replacement therapy products (gum or patches). More information is on their flyer and at http://www.quitnow.net.
- Consult your personal physician and health plan for resources. (A summary of health plan benefits for UC employees can be found on UC's Living Well tobacco cessation resources page and on the UC Tobacco Cessation Resources flyer.)
- Attend one of UC Davis Medical Center's smoking cessation programs, which are free for all UC Davis employees.
- Need to talk? The Academic and Staff Assistance Program offers free, confidential counseling for faculty and staff adapting to a tobacco-free workday.
All Smoke and Tobacco Users
- Watch a short 2-minute video in English and Spanish about the free California Smokers' Helpline.
- Learn about the Helpline's support for Medi-Cal members, which includes free nicotine patches and a $20 gift card offer.
- Visit smokefree.gov for a comprehensive collection of quitting resources and step-by-step guides.
- For Veterans: SmokefreeVET is a mobile text messaging service for military Veterans who receive their health care through VA. Sign up at http://smokefree.gov/VET/. For information on VA’s smoking and tobacco cessation programs visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking/.
- Check out KillTheCan.org, which has free resources and tools, including a quitting forum, a chat room, and quitting groups, to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit.
- Read Tips From Former Smokers, in which former smokers share their stories.
10 tips for making it through the day
- Call one of the hotlines. They work!
Get up and move around.
Take several deep breaths.
Talk to a supporting coworker or friend.
Drink lots of fluids.
Eat a crunchy snack or chew sugarless cinnamon gum.
Hold a pen, coin, or paper clip so you have something to do with your hands.
Say the alphabet and associate each letter with a favorite person, place, or thing.
Remind yourself that the craving will pass in about 3 minutes.
Change your schedule to disrupt your smoking routine.