Cessation Resources & More
Almost seventy percent of tobacco users want to quit, and the resources below can help. Counseling and medication are proven to be effective when used for treating tobacco dependence and the combination of the two are more effective than either alone. If you have tried to quit before, and you were unsuccessful, don't be discouraged. Multiple quit attempts are very common, don't give up! The following resources are available to students, employees and all Idaho residents.
Free and Local Classes Near You
Freshstart - American Cancer Society
This course consists of four classes held 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 2 and Mar. 9. The next session of classes will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on April 3, 10, 17 and 24. Courses are located in the Vandal Health Ed Resource in the Student Rec Center.
Classes are conducted by Jennifer Deffenbaugh, certified tobacco treatment specialist from Public Health-Idaho North Central District. This course is geared to help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt.
Register for Freshstart online.
- Gritman Medical Center provides one-on-one and group counseling sessions with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Call 208-883-6236 to make an appointment.
- Public Health-Idaho North Central District provides one-on-one and group counseling sessions with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Email Jennifer Deffenbaugh at 208-799-0354 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make an appointment.
Please email Emily Tuschhoff at email@example.com if you are interested in a cessation class on campus, but are not able to attend the currently scheduled classes.
Find classes in Boise, Garden City, McCall, Meridian Mountain Home and surrounding areas through the Central District Health Department Public Health District IV.
Group and individual classes are available in Kootenai County through the Panhandle Health District.
Idaho residents can call the Idaho QuitLine to speak with a trained quit coach. They provide private counseling and support, advice on crafting a quit plan, skills to help break old habits, and information on nicotine replacement therapy. Additionally, Idaho residents, age 18 and older, can receive 8 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch or lozenge).
Visit www.projectfilter.org for a web-based program that helps tobacco users quit. Idaho residents, age 18 and older, can receive 8 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch or lozenge).
UI employees are eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy. Products are covered under prescription plans as a result of Health Care Reform. Employees can obtain a prescription from their doctor and take it to be filled at a pharmacy. Generic medications are also covered.