• Student Affairs Division

  • Cessation Resources

    As a result of passing a tobacco-free campus policy, some tobacco users at Hamline may decide they want to try quitting. The following resources are available to Hamline employees and students. Cessation resources are available regardless of whether you have health insurance coverage through the university.

    Cessation resources offered through Hamline’s student health insurance, United Healthcare

    Hamline’s student health insurance plan through United Healthcare covers nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) medications, with generic gum, patches, and lozenges as the least expensive options ($25 co-pay per prescription).

    Cessation resources offered through Medica and other Minnesota healthcare plans, including MinnesotaCare and Medicare.*

    Medica’s Tobacco Cessation Program offers nicotine replacement products (if medically appropriate), convenient sessions with a health coach over the phone, and private and nonjudgmental quit support. This service is available to all members.

    Federal regulation requires that most private insurance plans cover tobacco cessation treatment without cost sharing. Specific coverage may vary by plan. Individuals with private insurance should contact their plan for more information on cessation benefits.

    Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare cover nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) medication and group, individual, and some phone counseling.

    This information should be available to all employees via HR and included in policy information on the website.

    Contact information for all the major health insurance providers, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare.

    Community (off-campus) resources for cessation counseling and access to free or reduced nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

    QUITPLAN® Services offers all Minnesotans free help to quit tobacco. Services can be accessed by calling 1-888-354-PLAN or visiting quitplan.com. Services include a series of free programs that combine counseling, medication, and community to help smokers quit.

    Online and app-based cessation resources.

    There are a variety of online and mobile app resources to help smokers quit.

    QUITPLAN® Services offers online resources in addition to phone counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). These online resources include text messaging with practical quitting advice; an email program with tips, advice, and encouragement; and a downloadable quit guide to help smokers create a quit plan. QUITPLAN® online resources can be accessed at quitplan.com.

    QuitGuide is a free app developed by cessation counselors, tobacco control professionals, and ex-smokers. The app helps smokers understand their smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smoke free. New to QuitGuide in 2016 is the ability to track cravings by time of day and location.

    QuitStart is a free app targeted to young adults that tracks cravings, moods, triggers, etc. This app takes the information smokers provide about their smoking history and gives tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges to help them become smoke free and live a healthier life.

    QuitNow! is a free app that offers many different tracking features, including time since last cigarette, money saved, and help to cope with the anxiety and stress of quitting.

    Become an EX is an online, three-step plan to quit smoking. It can be accessed at becomeanex.org.

    Smokefree.gov offers free text messaging programs that give 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smoke free and being healthier.

    *Since many students may still be on their parents’ private insurance, it is good to promote these insurance options to the entire campus, not just faculty and staff.

    Cessation Resources

    Students seeking support for cessation should contact Counseling and Health Services:
    Manor Hall, room 6
    651-523-2204

    Employees seeking support for cessation should contact the Human Resources office:
    Manor Hall, room 33
    651-523-2210