RESOURCES TO HELP YOU QUIT
UC San Diego Student Health Services can help. Schedule a free individual counseling appointment to assist in quitting and ask about FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Call (858) 822-5926.
Prepare to Quit Smoking Workshop
If you are thinking of quitting, plan to attend a "Prepare to Quit Smoking" workshop led by a trained health educator who can assist you in determining your readiness, making a plan and QUITTING! No appointment is needed. Smoking cessation aides are also available. Check the list of dates here.
Have you already QUIT?We would love to hear how you did it. You can be an inspiration to others - Share Your Quit Story (by regular email) or send your story by anonymous email below.
"I had been a 2-pack a day smoker for 20 years when I got a long-lasting, very sore throat. I thought I might have throat cancer, so I quit smoking. By the time my doctor appointment came up three weeks later, I had already stopped smoking for three weeks and was found to have an irritated throat, but no cancer. I never went back to smoking, now 50 years smoke-free."
Staff and Faculty
UC Staff Faculty Cessation Resources in English
UC Staff Faculty Cessation Resources in Spanish
Easy Reference Fact Sheet in English and Spanish
- Healthy Snacking for Smoking Cessation
- Tips From Former Smokers from the CDC
- The California Smoker's Helpline offers free one-on-one counseling by phone
- Asian Smokers' Quit Line
- DHHS: Tobacco Use Cessation Treatments
- National Cancer Institute1-877-44U-QUIT
- QuitNet a free, online interactive program developed by the School of Public Health at Boston University.
- Smokefree.gov online guide to quit and downloadable resources to help.
- American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking, an online program to help you quit.
- EX The EX Plan is a free online quit smoking program based on personal experiences from ex-smokers.
- Do you smoke to relax or help you study?
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Quit Smoking
Once a smoker has decided to quit, they are most likely to be successful when friends and family provide help and support. Whether you are also a tobacco-user and going through your own quit process, or have never smoked, you can help someone you care about who has decided to stop smoking by being part of their support team, asking how you can be most helpful and/or encouraging them through their quit process. If they aren't ready to quit yet, you can help them with identifying reasons for quitting, setting a target quit date, and offering to be part of their support network. Consider offering healthy and fun alternatives to smoking such as:
Visit the following links for advice and tips on how to help a friend or loved one quit smoking. Your support can be part of creating a healthy and successful environment for someone you care about as they become a non-smoker.
- take walks with them
- be a "workout buddy"
- lend an ear if they need to talk about the challenges they are facing by not smoking
Secondhand Smoke Information
When non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. The more secondhand smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body. CLICK HERE to learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke from the American Cancer Society.