UT University Health Services

Resources to Help You Quit Smoking and Tobacco

The University of Texas at Austin supports its students, faculty and staff who want to quit using tobacco products by offering tobacco cessation programs at no or low cost.

Students may make an appointment with a UHS medical provider if they are interested in discussing the use of prescription medication to assist in quitting tobacco by calling 512-471-4955 or scheduling an appointment online.

Apps & Online Quit Programs

These resources offer helpful tips, information, social support, diversions from cravings, and reinforcement for one of the best decisions a tobacco user can make - to quit.


Apps and Programs
Web Based
App
Text / Phone
Become an Ex
The EX plan teaches you how to live life without cigarettes in 3 steps. It is based on scientific research and practical advice from ex-smokers.
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Smokefree.gov
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) created Smokefree.gov to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. Smokefree.gov offers smartphone apps and texting plans, as well as resources specific to individuals with a variety identities.
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Freedom from Smoking® Online Program
Program from the American Lung Association that includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based, proven-effective cessation techniques.
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Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

As part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program, the American Heart Association recommends NRT as an effective tool to help quit smoking. Below are a few options:


NRT Type Description Popular Brands
Gum or Lozenges Type of chewing gum or lozenge that delivers nicotine to the bloodstream through tissues in the mouth. Nicorette® (gum) and Commit® (lozenge)
Transdermal (Skin) Patches Release nicotine through the skin NicoDerm CQ®
Inhaler A thin, plastic cartridge that contains a porous nicotine plug at its base. By puffing on the cartridge, a person extracts and absorbs nicotine vapor through the lining of their mouth. Nicotrol®
Nasal Spray An aerosol nicotine spray contained in a spray to deliver nicotine to the user through their nostrils and rapidly absorbed by the nasal membranes inside the nose. Nicotrol® NS


There are also non-addictive prescription medications such as bupropion (Wellbutrin®, Zyban®) and Varenicline (Chantix®). Using NRTs or prescription medications like these doubles the odds of successful quitting. A combination of these methods increases success rates even more.

Additional Resources

UT Austin Staff and Faculty Cessation Resources
Smokefree.gov
CDC Office on Smoking and Health

Helpful Links

Alcohol and Drugs
Bruce the Bat
Alcohol Overdose and the Bacchus Maneuver
Study Drugs
Having Fun and Playing Safe

Programs and Classes

Individual Consultations
AlcoholEdu and SAPU
Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
Center for Students in Recovery
Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies
SHIFT




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