Tobacco Cessation

Columbia students can meet with a tobacco cessation specialist, who will provide individual support and help students understand the process of quitting along with developing a personal plan to stop using tobacco.

The program offers behavioral and pharmacological support, including meeting with a cessation specialist, prescriptions for medications, and access to no-cost over-the-counter nicotine replacement products. The Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan also provides coverage, including prescriptions, to assist students with quitting.

Ending the use of tobacco can be a challenge, and Columbia Health is committed to providing support to students with this goal. Research shows that the earlier in life a person quits, the less difficult the process and the lesser an impact that tobacco use will have on their health.

To learn more about stopping the use of tobacco for yourself or someone you know, make an appointment online at

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no set limit to the number of tobacco cessation sessions available to you at Columbia Health. Many cessation clients meet with the counselor regularly (every week or every other week) during the first month or two of their quit.

At an initial tobacco cessation session, your counselor will talk with you about your goals and the history of your tobacco use, as well as previous efforts at quitting. You will come up with a flexible plan that will include support from the counselor as well as nicotine replacements or other medical support.