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.

Free Quit Kits

Two photos of quit kits

FREE "quit kits" are available to all faculty, staff, and students as long as supplies last! To request one, send us an email: breathefree@ucdavis.eduStudent Health and Counseling Services also has free "quit kits" for students.

Fight Cravings with FREE nicotine replacement therapy

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.

Helplines

Telephone counseling has been shown to double the chances of long-term quitting. All of the helplines below operate out of UC San Diego.

California Smokers' Helpline: Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin. You can also enroll online and Helpline staff will give you a call.

1-800-NO-BUTTS (662-8887)

California Tobacco Chewers' Helpline

1-800-844-CHEW (2439)

Asian Smokers' Quitline The Quitline also offers a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.

Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin): 1-800-838-8917

Korean: 1-800-566-5564

Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

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.

Academic and Staff Assistance Program

All Smoke and Tobacco Users

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Logo of the California Smokers Helpline, 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Links to NoButts.org website.

10 tips for making it through the day

  1. Call one of the hotlines. They work!
  2. Get up and move around.

  3. Take several deep breaths.

  4. Talk to a supporting coworker or friend.

  5. Drink lots of fluids.

  6. Eat a crunchy snack or chew sugarless cinnamon gum.

  7. Hold a pen, coin, or paper clip so you have something to do with your hands.

  8. Say the alphabet and associate each letter with a favorite person, place, or thing.

  9. Remind yourself that the craving will pass in about 3 minutes.

  10. Change your schedule to disrupt your smoking routine.