UMass Amherst transitions to a completely tobacco-free campus as of July 1, 2013. Learn more about the plan at the Tobacco-Free UMass website, www.umass.edu/tobaccofree.
Whether you're ready to quit, aren't sure what to do, or just want help getting through the day without tobacco, these campus programs and online resources can help:
Tobacco treatment specialists
UMass Amherst has five trained tobacco treatment specialists; free one-on-one meetings are available to any member of the campus community. For an appointment, call (413) 577-5225.
Medical or mental health appointments
Students and other UHS patients who want to quit tobacco by using prescription medication can make an appointment with a physician or nurse practitioner; call (413) 577-5101. Services will be billed to your health insurance plan.
Students seeking counseling and prescriptions for tobacco cessation medication can make an appointment with the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, (413) 545-2337. Services will be billed to your health insurance plan.
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many health concerns, including quitting tobacco. UHS' Acupuncture Clinic is open to students, faculty and staff by appointment; call (413) 577-6511.
The Student Health Benefit Plan covers acupuncture at UHS. Treatment is also available on a fee-for-service basis; if your insurance plan covers acupuncture, you may submit claims to them for reimbursement.
Nicotine replacement therapy vouchers
To help students, faculty and staff who are:
• thinking of quitting;
• planning to quit; or
• concerned about getting through the day without tobacco;
the campus is offering vouchers to help offset the cost of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products.
Vouchers are good for $10 off the price of a two-week supply of these products at the University Health Services (UHS) Pharmacy; this discount can be applied up to six times. Vouchers are limited to one per person.
You can get a voucher when you:
• meet with a tobacco treatment specialist; or
• attend a tobacco-related program or group on campus.
You can also ask your primary care provider or mental health counselor to write a note recommending over-the-counter NRT. (Employees: discounts conveyed by the vouchers/notes are subject to state and federal income taxation.)
Bring your voucher or note to the UHS Pharmacy; it will be kept on file so you'll receive the discount on each valid purchase.
NRT is available as a patch, gum or lozenge; pharmacy staff can help you select the type and dosage that's right for you.