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Resources to Help You Quit Smoking and Tobacco

The University of Texas at Austin supports its students, faculty, and staff who want to quit using tobacco products by offering tobacco cessation programs at no or low cost.

Quitters Class

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers the Quitters smoking cessation program, which is a free, 4 class program for currently enrolled students and is facilitated by a licensed professional staff member.

UT Anxiety and Behavior Lab Paid Smoking Cessation Research Study

UT's Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab is examining how aerobic exercise can help people quit smoking. Eligible participants will receive traditional smoking cessation treatment including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, as well as a complementary membership at the YMCA of Austin and a personal trainer to guide you through your workouts. Click here for more information and to see if you quality.

Apps & Online Quit Programs

These resources offer helpful tips, information, social support, diversions from cravings, and reinforcement for one of the best decisions a tobacco user can make - to quit.

Apps and Programs
Web Based
Text / Phone
Become an Ex
The EX plan teaches you how to live life without cigarettes in 3 steps. It is based on scientific research and practical advice from ex-smokers.
Connect with smokers and ex-smokers on every part of the quit journey.
Interactive app developed by the National Cancer Institute provides tools to help those who want to be smoke-free using evidence-based smoking cessation methods
Freedom from Smoking® Online Program
Evidence based program from the American Lung Association consisting of eight self-paced modules to assist you in quitting tobacco.
Kill the Can
Free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit.
Smokefree Women
Learn about topics that interest women on how to quit smoking. Connect to advice through instant messages and telephone.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

As part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program, the American Heart Association recommends NRT as an effective tool to help quit smoking. Below are a few options:

NRT Type Description Popular Brands
Gum or Lozenges Type of chewing gum or lozenge that delivers nicotine to the bloodstream through tissues in the mouth. Nicorette® (gum) and Commit® (lozenge)
Transdermal (Skin) Patches Release nicotine through the skin NicoDerm CQ®
Inhaler A thin, plastic cartridge that contains a porous nicotine plug at its base. By puffing on the cartridge, a person extracts and absorbs nicotine vapor through the lining of their mouth. Nicotrol®
Nasal Spray An aerosol nicotine spray contained in a spray to deliver nicotine to the user through their nostrils and rapidly absorbed by the nasal membranes inside the nose. Nicotrol® NS

There are also non-addictive prescription medications such as bupropion (Wellbutrin®, Zyban®) and Varenicline (Chantix®). Using NRTs or prescription medications like these doubles the odds of successful quitting. A combination of these methods increases success rates even more. Some products are available at the UT College of Pharmacy's Forty Acres Pharmacy in the SSB lobby.

Students may make an appointment with a UHS medical provider if they are interested in discussing the use of prescription medication to assist in quitting tobacco by calling 512-471-4955 or scheduling an appointment online.

Additional Resources

UT Austin Staff and Faculty Cessation Resources
CDC Office on Smoking and Health