On Jan. 1, 2019, UTC will become a smoke-free campus. If you would like assistance to stop smoking please consider one of the options below.

Student Health Services

Smoking cessation assistance to faculty, staff and students is available at no cost for an office visit. To make an appointment with a SHS provider, call (423)425-2266.

Faculty & Staff

The state’s prescription drug coverage provides free tobacco quit aids to members who want to stop using tobacco products. The following quit aids are free under the pharmacy benefit:

  • Chantix
  • Bupropion (Generic Zyban)
  • Over-the-counter generic nicotine replacement products, including gum, patches and lozenges
  • Nicotrol oral and nasal inhalers

Members may receive up to two, 12-week courses of treatment per calendar year (up to 168 days of treatment) with no lifetime maximum. A written prescription by a licensed clinician is required to receive any tobacco cessation products at no cost, including over-the-counter aids. Members may simply present their prescription and Caremark card at the pharmacy counter (not at the front check out registers) to have those filled at $0 copay. Smoking cessation counseling is also available from health coaches through our ParTNers for Health wellness program. For more information visit www.partnersforhealthtn.gov and look under tobacco cessation.

Local Cessation Programs

Face-to-face assistance programs are available close to campus.

  • Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 2525 Desales Ave., offers Tobacco Cessation Class on Wednesdays from 12-1:30 p.m. weekly.
  • Tobacco Cessation Classes are held at Southside Community Health Center, 100 E. 237th St., on Mondays from 3-4 p.m.
  • Tobacco Cessation Classes at Dodson Community Health Center, 1200 Dodson Ave., on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.

Telephone & Text Cessation Programs

If clients would rather speak to a smoking cessation coach over the phone, Quit For Keeps is a national cessation by phone program. Clients speak with a trained tobacco treatment specialist who can assist in the attempt to quit. The phone call is free. Clients work with a quit Coach to create a personalized Quit Plan. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 a.m., seven days a week. Tobacco users can 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 and during specified hours of operation.

App & Online

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. Freedom From Smoking Online – 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.

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