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How Do I Quit? Tobacco Cessation Resources

How Do I Quit?

Did you know? About 70% of Tobacco Users Want to Quit. Of those who try to quit on their own, only 6% will be successful.

Interested in Quitting?

Over half of Americans who ever smoked have quit and so can you.  If you are interested in quitting, help is available for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older who would like to quit smoking or using other tobacco products such as  cigars, pipe, dip, snus, and hookah.  Through funding  from the FSU College of Medicine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office, our Health Promotion Department is providing Quit and Be Free (QBF) one hour workshops and referrals to Quit Smoking NOW (QSN) group smoking cessation classes.  All classes and counseling is FREE and provided by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS).  In addition, FREE nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches, lozenges, and gum are provided for participants who commit to attending QBF or QSN.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know quitting smoking, dipping, or using other tobacco products is tough however, making the decision to quit is one of the best you can make for yourself, your career, your family, and friends.  You don’t have to do this alone.  We are here to assist you!  Call us today at (850) 644-8871.

 

How do I sign up for your tobacco cessation program? Call University Health Services Health Promotion Department at (850) 644-8871 or FSU College of Medicine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) IQuit Tobacco program at (850) 645-9710.

Who is eligible to participate in the program? All FSU students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older are eligible to participate.

Do you provide services to help smokeless tobacco users (spit, chew, dip, snuff, and snus)? Yes, we provide counseling for all types of tobacco use.  Some people use more than one type of tobacco product (cigarettes, chew, hookah, etc.).

What is Quit and Be Free (QBF)?  Quit and Be Free is a one-time group intervention to assist smokers and tobacco users as they explore quitting.  QBF is facilitated by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). Upon completion of the one hour QBF workshop, participants will have the option of making a three-day quit attempt along with receiving free nicotine replacement therapy (patch, lozenge, gum) or they may choose to quit at another time.  Additional resources will be provided for participants who desire to quit at the end of the QBF workshop.  All materials for QBF are free to participants.

What is Quit Smoking NOW (QSN)? Quit Smoking NOW is a 6-session smoking cessation program developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers.  Throughout the six sessions, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) works with participants in a supportive group setting to facilitate the cessation process by providing the information and tools needed to become tobacco-free.  QSN also offers access to nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as patches, gum and lozenges to help manage withdrawal symptoms.

Where can I get information about medications to help me quit?  Information about medications used to treat tobacco dependence is covered during the QBF workshop and QSN class.  Your CTTS will provide guidance to you.

What if I relapse and go back  to smoking or dipping? Contact our office to speak with one of our certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS). They can assist you in preparing to quit again.  Many former tobacco users quit completely after several attempts.

How much does it cost to participate in your Tobacco Cessation Program?  All workshops, classes, and counseling session are free.  The necessary materials will be provided to you at no cost.  Participants will be provided free over-the-counter NRT (nicotine patches, lozenges, and gum).

I am concerned that if I quit it will lead to unexpected changes in my weight.  By participating in our program, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) will provide you with some general guidance on nutrition, exercise/physical activity. If you would like additional support, nutrition counseling is available for a small fee to students, faculty, and staff. Call (850) 644-8871 for more information.

Do I have to quit smoking or using tobacco the first day I come to the QBF workshop or QSN class?  No, you will have time to set a quit date and the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) will be there to provide guidance to you.

Do I have to use tobacco cessation medication in order to participate in the program? No, you are not obligated to take or use any of the medications in order to participate in any of our programs.  Taking medication is an optional part of our program.  Research shows that taking  medication for treating tobacco dependence can double your chances for success and medication plus counseling is more effective than either alone. 

Do I have to attend all 6 sessions of QSN?  We strongly recommend you commit to attending each session since we cover a lot of information to assist you in your goal of becoming tobacco-free. 

What if I do not quit after completing the QSN class? You may register to attend the next QSN class. Sometimes it takes several attempts before quitting for good. Your Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) can provide additional resources to you.

My friend smokes and is not a student or employee at FSU; can he/she participate in your program?  Yes, if your friend is ready to quit smoking or using tobacco, have him/her register along with you for QBF or QSN.