Cessation programs accompany new tobacco-free policy

July 29, 2014 8:45 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

When the new tobacco-free policy takes effect on all Tulane University campuses beginning Aug. 1, cessation programs for faculty, staff and students may take center stage.

Tobacco Free Campus

The popularity of already available tobacco cessation programs for faculty, staff and students is expected to increase with the implementation of a tobacco-free campus beginning Aug. 1. (Photo from iStock)

Maeghan Livaccari, assistant director of The Tulane Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (theWELL) on the uptown campus, says she is one of four trained tobacco cessation specialists available to graduate and undergraduate students.

“We are available to assist individuals with all levels of need,” says Livaccari. “Whether it’s two packs a day or a weekend-only smoker, we’ve got a plan that can help.”

In addition to available one-on-one help through the Be an Ex program, which provides free coaching and nicotine replacement therapy, there are a number of other options listed on theWELL’s cessation resource page.

While theWELL has a cessation program designed with students in mind, the Tulane Workforce Management Organization (WFMO) manages the programs for faculty and staff.

Bridget McKinney, WFMO wellness coordinator, says faculty and staff can join Quit Power, a program with one-on-one coaching via telephone as well as nicotine replacement therapy. Both options are accessible through United Healthcare by calling 1-877-QUIT-PWR or by logging in to www.myuhc.com. Cessation programs are free to United Healthcare members.

“Anyone interested in quitting should visit the website designated for Tulane faculty and staff and read through the options available,” says McKinney. “From coaching-by-text to a 24-hour hotline, there are several viable options for someone who has made the decision to stop smoking.”

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