Tobacco 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
Freshstart is a nicotine cessation program offered by appointment via Zoom and is available to all students, faculty, and staff, including extension and all statewide U of I locations. This four part class is geared to help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt.
- 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.
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).
U of I employees are eligible for Freshstart nicotine cessation program on the Moscow campus as well as free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT 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.
Register for Freshstart Nicotine Cessation
Free vaping and tobacco cessation classes are available to all University of Idaho students, faculty, and staff.