UMass Amherst became a completely tobacco-free campus on July 1, 2013. Learn more about the policy at the Tobacco-Free UMass website.
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:
Employee Counseling & Consultation Office (ECCO)
The ECCO is a free resource for faculty and staff. Services are by appointment; call (413) 545-0350.
University Health Services (UHS) Appointments
Students and UHS patients interested in using prescription medications to quit can call UHS at (413) 577-5101 for an appointment.
Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)
The PHPC's Tobacco Treatment Specialist can help you achieve a tobacco-free life by developing a quit plan that works for you. The highest success rate for quitting tobacco is seen in those who use a combination of medication therapies with the support of a quit coach. Let us help you get connected to the resources you need so you can begin your quit journey. Call (413) 577-8888 or email email@example.com to learn more.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Whether you are ready to quit tobacco or just worried about how to get throught the day without it, nicotine replacement therapy can help. The UHS Pharmacy offers the patch, gum or lozenge. Come to UHS and ask the pharmacist for a discount voucher for $10 off a two-week supply.
Acupuncture can be an effective adjunct to treatment for quitting tobacco. UHS's 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.
Help Line – Quit Works
Telephone counseling has been shown to double the chances of long-term quitting. The Massachusetts Smoker's Helpline is a free, confidential way to get support and information to help quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free coaching sessions with a tobacco treatment specialist and free nicotine replacement therapy are available to all MA residents over the age of 18.