Resources & Links

Thinking about quitting smoking?  It’s hard, but it can be done.  People who use research-supported methods to quit smoking, such as a support-line or group or nicotine replacement, are much more likely to be successful at quitting.  Below are some resources that may be helpful to you.

In Person

The Student Health Center provides students with free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (gum and lozenges). To access these products, contact the Health Center at 410-337-6050. The Health Center also has an abundance of print resources and is available to speak with students about the benefits and challenges of quitting.     The counseling center will be providing group counseling sessions during the semester to assist those interested in quitting.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides tobacco cessation education and assistance. Classes are available in various locations including Towson and Timonium. Register to attend a class.

Phone

The Maryland Department of Health’s Tobacco Quitline transfers callers to Quit Coaches for assistance in assessment and planning. The Quitline can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW(784-8669) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Online

For Employees

Goucher College’s health insurance plans through Cigna offer certain preventive service benefits at no cost to covered members.  This means that covered members don’t have to pay a copay or coinsurance, even if they haven’t met a deductible. A doctor must write a prescription for these preventive services to be covered by the plan, even if they are listed as over-the-counter. These no-cost benefits are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and include:

  • Generic nicotine replacement products ― patch, gum and lozenges
  • Brand-name Nicotrol (nicotine inhalation system)
  • Brand-name Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray)
  • Generic bupropion ― (generic of brand-name, Zyban) ― Zyban is NOT covered
  • Brand-name Chantix (varenicline tartrate)
  • Tobacco cessation examples (OTC and Rx)
  • Bupropion HCl tab SR 12 hr 150 mg
  • Chantix tab 0.5 mg and 1 mg
  • Chantix tab 0.5 mg x 11 tabs and 1 mg x 42 pack
  • Nicotine polacrilex gum 2 mg and 4 mg
  • Nicotine polacrilex lozenge 2 mg and 4 mg
  • Nicotine TD patch 24 hr 21 mg, 14 mg and 7 mg/24 hr
  • Nicotrol inhaler system 10 mg
  • Nicotrol NS nasal spray 10 mg/mL

Cigna also provides a Smoking Cessation program to Cigna participants and their covered dependents age 18 and older. Please see the Commit to Quit Tobacco flier (PDF) for more details about the program.

Contact HR at 410-337-6135 or hr@goucher.edu with questions about program eligibility.

For Further Information


Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms may offer you some insight into how you can best manage the negative effects that can occur when you quit. Finally, 100 Coping Strategies can offer all sorts of ideas for distractions and fun activities.

These resources were compiled in part by students in PSY 338, Health Psychology.  For more information, resources, see Goucher College’s pages on:

Quitting Aids

Support 

Withdrawal

Coping with Stress