Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:

  • Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
  • Stop-smoking groups
  • Online quit groups
  • Counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
  • Guide books
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members
Using 2 or more of these measures to quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as 3 or 4 of the methods listed above.

Telephone stop-smoking hotlines are an easy-to-use resource, and they are available in all 50 states. To kick the habit today, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

UAB Nonsmoking Policy:
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. The complete UAB Nonsmoking policy.

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.
Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy
UAB News Story: UAB Medicine announces tobacco-free hiring policy

Tobacco Cessation Resources Available for UAB Faculty And Staff:

Telephonic and Online Counseling
Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Alabama Department of Public Health QUIT NOW program. The 1-800-QUITNOW program offers free online and telephonic cessation coaching and 2 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy.

Tobacco Cessation Counseling
UAB faculty and staff members are eligible for 4 free tobacco cessation counseling sessions at the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center with licensed counselors. These 4 sessions are in addition to the 12 sessions per year allocated to faculty and staff. Additional details about the counseling benefits are available at www.uab.edu/eacc

Tobacco Cessation Benefits
In 2014, UAB pharmacy plans will include tobacco cessation products covered at no co-pay and will require a prescription to be dispensed under the pharmacy benefit. Tobacco cessation coverage will have an annual limit of two, 12-week cycles (168 days) of treatment. Treatment can consist of generic nicotine replacement products such as the patch, lozenge and gum, generic Zyban or the brand Chantix. 

Alabama Tobacco Quitline – 1-800-QUITNOW

The Alabama Tobacco Quitline offers FREE information to anyone interested in quitting tobacco use, or to anyone who wants more information about quitting.  The Quitline offers FREE master's level counseling, a personalized quit plan, and four weeks of free nicotine patches if you are enrolled in counseling.   All Quitline services and AlabamaQuitNow services are FREE to Alabama residents. Call 1-800-QUITNOW or 1-800-784-8669 or go to QUITNOWALABAMA.COM at https://alabama.quitlogix.org/.