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Tobacco Cessation

It is EASY for smokers to quit other things like…

BREATHING
Of Current smokers in the U.S., 2,633,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking i

LIVING
If current trends continue, by the year 2020, tobacco is projected to kill about 7 million people a year worldwide ii

EATING
Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion. iii

Quitting: What You Need to Know

Quitting smoking is a challenge, but one that can be overcome with preparation and support.  It's important to remember that addiction is both mental and physical.  To quit successfully, both parts must be addressed.  Cessation programs help smokers prepare for the challenges that come with quitting, as well as provide support and encouragement throughout the process.  Nicotine replacement therapies and other medications can reduce the withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to quit.


Tobacco Treatment on Campus

Carolina’s Tobacco Treatment Program

Carolina’s Tobacco Treatment Program is a comprehensive program grounded in Public Health theory. The program is designed to assess an individual’s readiness to change by utilizing various motivational interviewing techniques and behavioral change strategies. For more information on the program, click here.


Tobacco Cessation Coaching Programs Offered to Faculty and Staff

The State Health Plan and BlueChoice HealthPlan offer the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing's  Quit for Life® Program to subscribers and their covered dependents.  A professionally trained Quit Coach works with you to create a personalized quit plan. You may call the Quit for Life toll-free support line as often as you need. As a participant, you will receive a comprehensive Quit Guide and five telephone calls from a Quit Coach. The program provides free nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum or lozenges), or the Quit Coach may recommend you see your doctor to find out if a smoking-cessation drug, such as bupropion or Chantix, is right for you. The prescription drugs are available through your prescription drug benefit. If additional help is needed after the 12-month program ends, you can re-enroll.

For more information visit www.eip.sc.gov and look under tobacco cessation


Tobacco Cessation in Your Community

Palmetto Health, in conjunction with the University of South Carolina's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, offers a free, comprehensive, adult smoking cessation program. The Free Yourself from Smoking class uses a combination of:

  • Motivational Counseling
  • Medical Consultation
  • Free one-month supply of Zyban (Wellbutrin)
  • Attending six sessions within three-weeks.

Last year, more than 400 people participated in the program and of these, 89 percent now are non-smokers.

Classes are held twice a week, Mondays through Thursdays, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., in the Community Services conference room (basement). Advance registration is required and is open to residents of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties.

For more information or to register for the next available class, call 803.296.2273.

Tobacco Cessation by Phone

If you would rather speak to a smoking cessation coach over the phone, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) through the Quit For Keeps program. You will talk with a trained tobacco treatment specialist who can assist you in your quit attempt.

  • The phone call is free.
  • Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week.
  • You will work with a quit Coach to create a personalized Quit Plan

Tobacco Cessation by Text Messages

Receive information and advice about quitting smoking through real time text messaging with The National Cancer Institute’s LiveHelp Service. Cessation support is offered by a live smoking cessation counselor. LiveHelp is offered only in English only during specified hours of operation.

Tobacco Cessation on the Web

About re-learning life without cigarettes, the free Become an EX plan is based on personal experiences from ex-smokers, as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic.

This site includes The Quit Companion which is a tool that can be tailored to meet your needs. If you're not ready to commit to a specific day just yet, the Companion can become your personalized electronic quit journal. It will track your habits and provide a visual picture of your smoking patterns. Determined to Quit also provides information on how to quit and progress charts to track progress.

A site dedicated to help individuals quit smoking. Reasons to quit, how to prepare to quit, managing cravings, determining your "triggers," information about various smoking cessation aids, a publication geared just for African American smokers and more are offered at this site.

Track the amount of lifetime and money saved by quitting. Quitnet offers a way to create your own quit plan and forums where you can communicate with others and expert advice. Information is available in Spanish. An online chat area is available when members "need help right now.

American Lung Association’s free online smoking cessation program. This program includes developing your own quitting plan, dealing with recovery symptoms, controlling weight, managing stress through relaxation techniques, and being ready to fight urges to go back to smoking.

  • My Last Dip This web site is designed to help people quit using chewing tobacco.

Campus Tobacco-Free Policy

We are a proud supporter of Healthy Carolina and look to expand the tobacco-free campus policy to reduce the exposure of secondhand smoke among smokers and non-smokers alike.

More Resources

Web MD’s Smoking Cessation Center 

American Cancer Society Guide

American Lung Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

Challenges, Strategies, & Benefits of Quitting

National Asian Quitline


For more information about tobacco cessation assistance or if you want to talk with someone about quitting tobacco, please contact Michael Crowley, Campus Wellness – Student Program Coordinator, at 803-576-9393 or campuswellness@sc.edu.

i Source: CDC. Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.

URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a4.htm#tab

ii Source: World Health Organization. Tobacco Atlas (2009). Pg.38
URL: http://ww.tobaccoatlas.org/downloads/TobaccoAtlas.pdf

iii Source: "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People." A Report of the Surgeon General. Washington, D.C., 20402. 1995. Page 33 of 219.
URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/C/L/Q/_/nnbclq.pdf