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Eight-Week Smoking Cessation Program

SCSU Tobacco free logoTuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon


The Student Health and Wellness Center offers an eight-week tobacco cessation program for Southern students with Dr. Diane Morgenthaler. The program will be held in the Health and Wellness Center, located in Granoff Hall. 

Week #1

  • Assess individual readiness to quit
  • Review contraindications for medication
  • Review medical and smoking history
  • Commit to eight-week program, if appropriate, and schedule appointments.
  • Evaluate insurance coverage for agreed upon medication
  • Arrange pharmacy delivery or distribute medication
  • Distribute smoking diary
  • Discuss iquit app
  • Review preferred contact method (email, cell, text)
  • Determine quite date, preferably within the next 2 weeks

Week #2

  • Review tobacco diary and identify reward for program completion
  • Remove tobacco products from surroundings
  • Identify triggers and discuss strategies to overcome
  • Notify friend or family of intent to quit
  • Strategies for setbacks

Week #3

  • Review tobacco diary
  • Discuss strategies for any continuing urges
  • Review medical benefits and timeframe that these begin

Week #4

  • Medication adjustment as needed
  • Discuss stress management techniques

Week #5

  • Medication adjustment as needed
  • Discuss healthy lifestyle changes as a non-smoker

Week #6

  • Medication adjustment as needed
  • Discuss ongoing resources as a non-smoker

Week #7

  • Medication adjustment as needed
  • Review long-term changes and challenges

Week #8

  • Medication taper
  • Celebrating a tobacco-free lifestyle
  • Three month follow-up call
  • Check on progress, challenges, need for ongoing support
  • Six month follow-up call
  • Check on progress, challenges, need for ongoing support
  • Group Relapse Prevention Session
  • Identify date and time