Tobacco-cessation programs

Washington University recognizes that quitting tobacco use can be a significant personal challenge. To assist those who wish to quit smoking, Washington University and other organizations offer free or reduced-cost smoking-cessation programs.

For students

  • Students with health insurance through Washington University can join the Aetna Quit & Fit Tobacco Cessation program. To access the program, visit or or call Quit & Fit at 877-330-2746.
  • Smoking-cessation medications will be made available at no cost for students covered by the Washington University student health insurance.
  • Betsy Foy, Ed.D., assistant director of Student Health Services, is available to work with students who would like an individualized quitting plan, continued support in quitting or nicotine replacement medication. For more information, contact Foy at 314-935-7386 or

For faculty and staff

  • In the Preparing to Quit program, which is 40 minutes, experts will discuss the benefits of tobacco-cessation and what it takes to be successful in quitting. For a schedule of Preparing to Quit classes, visit
  • In the Freedom From Smoking program, a seven-week course, participants can receive support and learn skills to permanently quit tobacco use. This program is free to benefits-eligible faculty and staff and is available to other members of the WUSTL community for $50. For more information, call 935-5990 or e-mail
  • Faculty and staff members enrolled in the Freedom From Smoking program will be able to purchase a six-week supply of smoking-cessation medication for $15 via a payroll deduction after the completion of the program's third and seventh classes.
  • School of Medicine faculty and staff can find information about cessation services on the Medical Campus at

For students, faculty and staff

  • Several organizations offer free online smoking cessation programs, including the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program at; the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation's EX Plan at; and QuitNet at
  • Students and employees can also call 1-800-QUITNOW or visit for counseling and other information about quitting tobacco use.