Tobacco-and Smoke-Free AU | Smoking Cessation Resources

For Students

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (for those enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan) offers discounts on programs and services designed to help health plan participants stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco. Discounts include over the counter medication and smoking cessation programs. Information on these discounts can be found at Smoking cessation prescription medications are covered under the Student Health Insurance Plan at the regular copay amounts.

Thinking it's Time to Quit Smoking? Tobacco Cessation Programs

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. Quitting tobacco isn't easy, but it's also not something you have to do alone.

On campus resources: 

Starting Monday, September 23, the American Lung Association will host a free Freedom from Smoking workshop for students who wish to quit smoking. The workshops will provide a supportive group setting for students to work through the quitting process. People who use the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.

Participants will be required to commit to attending all eight scheduled classes and commit to a quit date on or before October 14, 2013.  

Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on eight consecutive Mondays through Monday, October 28. One session will be held on Wednesday, October 14. Dinner will be provided at each session.

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If you have questions, please contact Tessa Telly, AU Wellness Center manager, at x3255.

Off-campus resources: 

Thanks to the UnitedHealth Allies Discount Program, you have access to several smoking cessation products and programs, including Cirrus Healthcare, Health Journeys, Living Free and Quit for Life. For more information go to:

  • The UnitedHealth Allies Discount Program is administered by HealthAllies, Inc., a discount medical plan organization. UnitedHealth Allies discount plan is NOT insurance.


Faculty and Staff

Tobacco Cessation Program

American University is offering a smoking cessation program for faculty and staff through Healthworks/Kaiser. The program is free of charge and is designed to help participants develop a personal plan to break the habit.

Participants are required to commit to attending all eight scheduled classes, fully participate in class assignments, and commit to a quit date on or before November 5, 2013. 

Classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Butler Conference Room on eight consecutive Tuesdays from September 17 until Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Lunch will be provided.

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If you have questions, please contact Matt Barresi, AU Wellness Program manager, at x3742.


Tobacco Cessation Benefits for AU Medical and Flexible Spending Account Plan Participants

  • CareFirst and Express Scripts
    Most smoking cessation medications are covered through the Express Scripts pharmacy benefit at a $0 copay. Chantix, one of the covered medications, also includes support through the GETQUIT Plan. Information on smoking cessation programs can be found on CareFirst’s website.
  • Kaiser Permanente
    Smoking cessation medications are covered under the Kaiser plan at the regular copay amounts. Kaiser provides online "Quit Smoking" resources, including information on smoking cessation programs sponsored by Kaiser, smoking cessation medications, and telephone counseling resources.
  • PayFlex – Medical Flexible Spending Account
    Stop-smoking programs (including hypnosis, over-the-counter gums and patches) are covered as an eligible expense, but will require a prescription and/or Letter of Medical Necessity. A sample letter can be found on the PayFlex website.


Faculty, Staff, and Students

Insurance Company Programs

Below are links to information on tobacco cessation programs offered by major insurance companies. If your medical insurance company is not on the list, check their web site or call them for information on their tobacco cessation program(s).

Local and National Tobacco Cessation Programs

Below are links to information on tobacco cessation programs offered by local and national organizations.