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Tobacco cessation

Breathe easier. Save money. Earn a discount on next years insurance premiums.

 

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Cessation programs that qualify for
the tobacco-free discount

Look for the star ( star ) throughout this webpage. It indicates which of the cessation programs you or your dependents may enroll in to be eligible for the university's tobacco-free discount on medical insurance premiums. Other programs not listed on this webpage may also qualify but must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be approved by the UM System Wellness Program. Request approval by emailing the HR Service Center (HRServiceCenter@umsystem.edu).
  • Must be at least two months in duration.
  • Must require at least weekly participation.
  • Must be focused on tobacco cessation.
  • Can be an online or in-person program.
 

 

Resources for employees, retirees, and dependents with university medical insurance

star Smoking cessation medications
Selected smoking cessation medications are available through the UM prescription drug program with a prescription from your physician. Covered medications include: Buproprion SR (generic)-formulary and Chantix-formulary. For more information, contact your physician or ExpressScripts Customer Service at 1-800-955-1201.


Cessation programs & nicotine replacement therapies on or near your campus

Columbia

star City of Columbia Health Department
The city offers FREE quick phone screenings and access to nicotine replacement therapy. For more information, please call (573) 874-7356.

star Freedom from Smoking®
This is a smoking cessation class nationally supported by the American Lung Association. It provides education, stress management techniques, and group support before, during, and after your quit date. Offered in Columbia through the following provider: Phoenix Health Programs. Cost is $125 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please contact Greg Carbins at (573) 875-8880, Ext. 2123.

star MU Wellness Resource Center -- especially for employees
The center offers FREE nicotine replacement therapy patches, access to one-on-one counseling, assistance in developing a personalized quit plan, and peer support. To register, please contact Tiffany Bowman at (573) 884-9504 or bowmants@missouri.edu.

star Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Replacement therapy is 100% covered by insurance for any FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications (whether prescription or over the counter). This is true for a 90-day treatment regimen when prescribed by a health care provider and filled at an in-network facility.

>>> For more programs, please see the section titled online or phone tobacco cessation programs further down this webpage.

 

Kansas City

star Freedom from Smoking®
This is a smoking cessation class nationally supported by the American Lung Association. It provides education, stress management techniques, and group support before, during, and after your quit date. Offered in Kansas City through the following providers:

  • American Lung Association of KC, MO
    Cost is $75 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please call (816) 842-5242.
  • Independence Health Department
    Cost is $50 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please contact Joanie Shover at (816) 325-7767.
  • Jackson County Health Department
    Cost is $20 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please contact Donna Zumwalt at (816) 404-6415.
  • North Kansas City Hospital
    Cost is $45 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please contact Sharon Ambrosi at (816) 691-1690.
  • Truman Medical Center
    Cost is $30 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please contact Karen Henderson at (816) 404-5495.

star Lifewise EAP (login with user name: UMKC and with password: EAP) – especially for faculty, staff, retirees, and their dependents
The Lifewise Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers three FREE telephone counseling or coaching sessions to help you quit smoking. To participate, please call (816) 931-3073 or 1-800-327-1223, and inform the EAP staff that you work for UMKC.

star Shawnee Mission Medical Center
The center offers a smoking cessation class for $110 for nine classes. To register, please contact the class registration desk at (913) 676-7777 and press number 2.

star St. Luke’s Hospital Cardio Wellness Office
The office offers a smoking cessation class for $75 for five classes over three weeks. To register, please contact the class registration desk at (816) 751-8327.

star Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Replacement therapy is 100% covered by insurance for any FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications (whether prescription or over the counter). This is true for a 90-day treatment regimen when prescribed by a health care provider and filled at an in-network facility.

>>> For more programs, please see the section titled Online or phone tobacco cessation programs further down on this webpage.

 

Rolla

star Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Replacement therapy is 100% covered by insurance for any FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications (whether prescription or over the counter). This is true for a 90-day treatment regimen when prescribed by a health care provider and filled at an in-network facility.

>>> For more programs, please see the section titled Online or phone tobacco cessation programs further down on this webpage.

 

St. Louis

star Freedom from Smoking®
This is a smoking cessation class nationally supported by the American Lung Association. It provides education, stress management techniques, and group support before, during, and after your quit date. Offered in St. Louis through the following providers:

  • Mercy Heart Health
    Cost if $90 for eight classes over seven weeks. To register, please call (314) 251-3965.
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University
    Cost is FREE for classes over six weeks. To regsiter, please call (314) 362-7844.
  • UMSL Wellness Resource Services -- especially for employees
    Cost if FREE for classes over seven weeks. There must by a group of at least four people in order to hold class. To register, please contact Kathy Castulik at (314) 516-4657 or castulikk@umsl.edu.

star UMSL Wellness Resource Services – especially for employees
Offers FREE nicotine replacement therapy patches, gum, or lozenges. Provides FREE one-on-one counseling every other week for six to 10 weeks. Provides assistance in developing a personalized quit plan. For more information, please call Kathy Castulik at (314) 516-4657 or castulikk@umsl.edu.

star Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Replacement therapy is 100% covered by insurance for any FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications (whether prescription or over the counter). This is true for a 90-day treatment regimen when prescribed by a health care provider and filled at an in-network facility.

>>> For more programs, please see the section titled Online or phone tobacco cessation programs further down on this webpage.

 

Cessation programs online or by phone

star The Ex Plan
This is an online tobacco cessation program supported by the Mayo Clinic and funded by the American Legacy Foundation. FREE to everyone. This program creates individualized plans to help you quit smoking.

star Freedom from Smoking® Online
This online program is nationally supported by the American Lung Association. It provides education, stress management techniques, and group support before, during, and after your quit date. Cost is FREE for the standard version and $40 for the premium version. The premium version allows access to online group support.

star Missouri Tobacco Quitline
The Quitline is nationally supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is FREE to Missouri residents and begins with an initial coaching phone call to assess stage and provide support materials. The program helps set you up with local resources and insurance information. It works with you to use replacement products if desired. It provides online and text messaging components. To participate, please call 1-800-QUITNOW (800-784-8669).

star National Cancer Institute
The institute provides FREE telephone, text, and online support to help you quit smoking. To participate, please call 1-877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848) or visit the website.

star Pro-Change Behavior Systems – Smoking Cessation Program
Backed by Drs. James and Judith Prochaska, health psychologists that worked on developing the Transtheoretical Stage of Change Model (TTM). Cost is $35 for one year and provides access to a variety of health programs. This is an online and text messaging program that delivers individual interventions and feedback based on TTM.

star Quit for Life Program
The Quit For Life Program brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing is a phone-based coaching and Web-based learning support service to help smokers quit. Participants are matched with a quit coach who helps them develop a personalized quit plan, provides guidance in choosing medicines, and gives ongoing follow-up support. To learn more or participate in the program, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

 

Smartphone apps

The following mobile apps were ranked as among the best by Healthline, an online resource committed to making people healthier through the power of information and to offering objective, accurate health information.

Android

  • star Craving to Quit - This app offers a 21-day program developed and tested at Yale University. Provides daily instruction, goal-setting, and reminders for $1 per day.
  • Quit Smoking Cessation Nation – This free app helps you track how long it has been since you stopped smoking, the amount of money you have saved, the number of cigarettes you avoided, and anticipated health improvements. Play a game to distract you from cravings.
  • Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson – The app is a self-hypnosis audio program intended to help you drift into deep relaxation and curb your desire to smoke.

iPhone

  • ButtOut – Log your cravings and smoking, post motivational pictures and quotes, track your progress (amount of money you’ve saved, the number of cigarettes you avoided, and anticipated health improvements), and set goal dates by letting you choose to quit cold turkey, taper off toward a quit date, or celebrate a quit date from the past.
  • star Craving to Quit - This app offers a 21-day program developed and tested at Yale University. Provides daily instruction, goal-setting, and reminders for $1 per day.
  • LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – This is a free app that creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. It is quite similar to ButtOut and also includes achievement badges and ways to automatically update Facebook and Twitter so your friends can help celebrate your successes.
  • My Last Cigarette – Stop Smoking Stay Quit – Enter your smoking habit and personal details then watch as various indicators display your expected increase in lifespan, your circulatory and lung function improvements, your savings, and much more. Over 10 different readouts keep you informed and motivated.
  • Quit It Lite – This free app tracks the cigarettes you did not smoke and how much money you are saving.
  • Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson – The app is a self-hypnosis audio program intended to help you drift into deep relaxation and curb your desire to smoke.
  • star UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking – This app works in Spanish or English, and helps you discover the connections between smoking, your mood, and your day-to-day life. This application is an extension of a 13-year project at the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco General Hospital to deliver scientifically supported self-help and puts effective tools at your fingertips.

 

Student resources

Healthy for Life focuses on UM faculty and staff, but there's tobacco cessation help for students, too. You may find useful resources in other sections on this webpage. Also, most campuses offer cessation help for students:

MU: Smoke-Free Mizzou
UMKC: Smoke-Free UMKC
S&T: Want to quit? (PDF)
UMSL: How to quit

 

Learn more

University policies

National organizations

Reviewed January 01, 2016.