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Tobacco Cessation

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

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

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.

    Carolina’s Tobacco Treatment Program is comprised of four in-person sessions (the first session is at least 60 minutes, and subsequent sessions are shorter in length). The sessions are tailored to each individual’s needs, and the length of each session may vary. The frequency of the four sessions is also based on an individual’s needs.

    Program Objectives:

    • To promote tobacco treatment among USC students, faculty and staff.
    • To increase awareness of the program through various communication channels.
    • To prevent relapse among program completers.

    Participants will receive coaching from a trained Campus Wellness graduate assistant or coordinator. Completing an online assessment of how ready you are to quit is the first step for program participation. Complete assessments here: Dependence Assessment Tool/Readiness to Quit Assessment Tool

    For more information or to make an appointment

    Complete an online form here

    Or call:
    Campus Wellness:
    Students: 803-576-9393
    Faculty/Staff: 803-777-6518

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 and look under tobacco cessation

Don’t think Carolina’s Tobacco Treatment Program is right for you?

    Or you use tobacco 10 or more times a day, then this may be the best option for you:  
    Palmetto Health’s I Choose to Say No Program or Call  (803) 296-CARE (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
    National Asian Quit line

    Contact Campus Wellness Office at 803-576-9393 or for more information or to talk with someone about quitting!

    ii  Source: World Health Organization. Tobacco Atlas (2009). Pg.38
    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.