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Cessation Resources

For Everyone

California Smoker's Helpline/1-800-BUTTS
Established in 1992, the California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone program that helps smokers quit. Helpline services are free, and are funded by the California Department of Public Health and First 5 California. Call 1-800 NO BUTTS.

In Spanish: La Linea de Ayuda Para Fumadores de California

The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) is the longest-running comprehensive tobacco control program in the nation. CTCP's mission is to improve the health of all Californians by reducing illness and premature death from the use of tobacco products.

Become an Ex-smoker
Sponsored by the national non-profit American Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, helps smokers "re-learn life without cigarettes" through a plan based on scientific research and practical advice from ex-smokers.

Freedom from Smoking Online
On online program from the American Lung Association for adults who want to quit smoking. The program includes modules with lessons that contain valuable information and assignments that reinforce the lesson's message and your commitment to quit.
Created by the National Cancer Institute ‘s Tobacco Control Research branch, the website provides free, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

California Health Collaborative
A non-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and health of the people of California, particularly the underserved and underrepresented. Through various partnerships at the local, regional, and statewide levels, the Collaborative delivers public health services in various areas including Tobacco Control.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources to quit smoking. Their site includes an overview of tobacco use, nicotine dependence, helpful resources and methods to quit smoking.

Mayo Clinic Smoking Cessation Articles and Resources
The Mayo Clinic has an engaging cessation website containing articles and information including how to develop an action plan to quit, proven strategies and more on living smoke and tobacco free.

WebMD Smoking Cessation Health Center
The WebMD Smoking Cessation Health Center is a proactive online center that contains overviews, health tools, slideshows, tips, articles, related stories and information on smoking-related diseases.

Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California
Produces low-cost educational materials covering tobacco use prevention, secondhand smoke exposure and smoking cessation.

Faculty and Staff

Tobacco Cessation Resources for Staff and Faculty
As a national leader in healthcare and environmental practices, UC is committed to providing our faculty and staff with a tobacco-free environment. The information on the link below offers UC faculty, staff and retirees ways to access resources and learn more about smoking cessation programs available systemwide.

*Please note that copays and program fees may apply. Consult your plan’s booklet or website for more information.

Many of UC's systemwide benefits programs offer services to members to help them quit. See your medical plan for details.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Insight Employee Assistance Program is a free and confidential service that provides services to UC Merced faculty and staff. EAP has a host of tobacco cessation information and a program called "56 Days to Quitting" on its website.


St​udents interested in quitting are encouraged to contact Health Promotion Coordinator Kristin Hlubik at Students who want to explore using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, patches, etc.) or prescription medications to help them quit should make an appointment with a medical provider at the Health Center; call 228-2273 to schedule an appointment

SmokefreeTXT and SmokefreeVET

SmokefreeVET is a service for military veterans who receive their health care through Veterans Administration. Like SmokefreeTXT, it provides 24/7 support, tips, and encouragement to veterans interested in quitting. SmokefreeVET is a collaboration between VHA Tobacco & Health and the National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Control Research Branch.