Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Session

For Individuals

Looking for some assistance quitting cigarettes, chew or vaping? Cornell Wellness offers no cost individual tobacco/smoking cessation coaching sessions that are designed to help you prepare to quit the habit. Sessions are customized to meet your needs in terms of helping in areas you need the most assistance, such as behavior change, nicotine replacement therapy options, what to do instead of smoking, and more. Tobacco/Smoking Cessation sessions are available to staff, faculty, retirees, spouses/partners and can take place in-person, by Zoom, or by phone. These sessions generally last 60 minutes; they are free and confidential.

To schedule a Tobacco/Smoking Cessation session with Ruth Merle-Doyle (see staff bio), contact Cornell Wellness by emailing wellness@cornell.edu.

For Small Groups

If you have colleagues or friends who are in the quit club together, Cornell Wellness can accommodate you as well. We will help you support each other by coaching your small group through customized sessions to meet your groups’ needs such as changing your habits around smoking or tobacco, what to do instead of smoking, and how to support each other to make this quit your last quit! Tobacco/Smoking Cessation sessions are available to staff, faculty, retirees, spouses/partners and can take place in-person, by Zoom, or by phone. These sessions generally last 60 minutes but can be customized, and they are free and confidential.

To schedule a Tobacco/Smoking Cessation session for a small group with Ruth Merle-Doyle (see staff bio), contact Cornell Wellness by emailing wellness@cornell.edu.

Additional Local Cessation Services include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County:  ADCTC offers cessation services, including nicotine replacement therapy for those in need. Located at 201 E Green St., #500, Ithaca. Call 607-274-6288 for more information
  • Cayuga Medical Center (CMC): CMC offers free monthly support meetings for individuals thinking about quitting or working to maintain a quit plan. The group will help bolster relapse prevention skills and offers continuous support. Call 607-252-3590 for more information
  • Tompkins County Mental Health Clinic: TCMHC offers two tobacco cessation groups that run twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays).TCMHC is located at 201 E Green St., Ithaca. Call 607-274-6200 for more information

Additional State and National Resources include:

  • NYS Quitline: Call 1-866-NY-QUITS or 1-866-697-8487 for a free phone consultation with a NYS tobacco cessation specialist.  A quit coach will walk you through tips for quitting and additional resources available locally. The quitline also offers a free nicotine patch started quit to eligible smokers
  • NYS Quitsite: The New York State Smokers’ website provides information and tools for quitting, facts about tobacco, educational links, and resources for professionals helping others with tobacco cessation
  • Quitnet: QuitNet is a smoking cessation site owned by Axia Health Management that operates in association with the Boston University School of Public Health.  It allows you to design your own quit program by reviewing a quit guide, get expert support on- line or receive support from ex-smokers and others in the process of quitting
  • Tobacco Free U: The Tobacco Free U site, sponsored by Bacchus and Gamma. offers students facts and figures about tobacco; information on creating campus policy; review of the health implications of second-hand smoke; assistance with quitting tobacco, tips on how to help a friend quit, along with educational materials and support for those planning programs or advocacy activities
  • CDC How 2 Quit: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site provides information on how to quit
  • Freedom from Smoking:The American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” website connects you to local, small group, 8-week cessation programs led by an expert facilitator, wherein individuals work through the quitting process. Also included is a message board, written resources, and supportive information