UAB faculty and staff enrolling in a UAB medical plan must declare whether they are a tobacco user, and the fee will be assessed accordingly. Cessation resources and discounted products are available to UAB employees; as part of the UAB employee benefits packages, tobacco cessation products are available at no co-pay with the annual limit of two 12-week cycles of treatment. If tobacco users would like the $50/month surcharge discontinued, they must register for one of the two cessation courses by a certain date and complete the course following registration.

  • The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center offers four free tobacco counseling sessions, either in one-on-one or group sessions. Contact EACC at 205-934-2281 or go to for more information.
  • The Alabama State Quitline offers free coaching and a personalized quit plan, a five-call program, a completion certificate and up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches based on eligibility. Contact the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to for more information.
  • UAB Tobacco Surcharge Information
  • UAB Tobacco Surcharge FAQs


Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy

Effective July 1, 2013, all new employees in the UAB Health System, UAB Hospital, UAHSF, the Kirklin Clinic, the Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, OSF, Triton/VIVA and UAB Health Centers will be tested for nicotine use as part of their pre-employment drug screening following a job offer. Those who test positive for nicotine use will not be hired.

Read the complete Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy, and the story from UAB News: UAB Medicine announces tobacco-free hiring policy.

UAB Nonsmoking Policy

The use of tobacco or smoking-related products is prohibited within all buildings, facilities, vehicles and spaces (including covered walkways, covered parking, parking lots, commons, parks, and campus greens) that are owned, rented, leased or otherwise controlled by the University and otherwise in accordance with city ordinance. 

Read the complete UAB Nonsmoking Policy.