Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, August 26, 2011

Free smoking cessation programs, support available to U-M community

With the campus going smoke-free this summer, the university continues to offer quit assistance to its community.

U-M faculty, staff, dependents, retirees and patients who would like help with quitting can contact MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service to sign up for a free seven-week tobacco treatment group in September. Participants will learn about preparing to quit, how quitting affects the body, setting a quit date and relapse prevention.

Three groups are scheduled for September:

• 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays beginning Sept. 6, U-M Health System, CVC Conference Room 5162A

• 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 6, 2025 Traverwood

• 6-7 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14, University Hospital, Room B1H102-UH

Free individual counseling also is available. Participants meet with a quit tobacco counselor for up to five, 50-minute sessions. Sessions are scheduled at the participant’s convenience and tailored to his or her needs.

Benefits-eligible employees and spouses/Other Qualified Adults (OQA) may qualify to receive coverage for generic over-the-counter (OTC) tobacco treatment products with $5 co-pay per one-month supply through the MHealthy Tobacco Independence Program (MTIP). The employee or spouse/OQA must be covered under a U-M medical plan to be eligible for the $5 co-pay.

Additionally, benefits-eligible employees and spouses/OQAs who complete an eligible tobacco treatment program may qualify to receive a $100 before-tax incentive.

To register for a group or individual program or for more information, call 734-998-6222 or go to www.mhealthy.umich.edu/tobacco.