Tobacco Cessation Resources

Cessation programs that qualify for the tobacco-free discount

Look for the star ( ) throughout this webpage. It indicates which of the cessation programs you or your dependents may enroll in to be eligible for the university's tobacco-free discount on medical insurance premiums. Other programs not listed on this webpage may also qualifiy but must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be approved by the UM System Wellness Program. Request approval by sending an email to the HR Service Center (
  • Must be at least two months in duration.
  • Must require at least weekly participation.
  • Must be focused on tobacco cessation.
  • Can be an online or in-person program.

Resources for employees, retirees, and dependents with university medical insurance

Smoking Cessation Medications

Selected smoking cessation medications are available through the UM prescription drug program with a prescription from your physician. Covered medications include: Buproprion SR (generic)-formulary and Chantix-formulary. For more information, contact your physician or ExpressScripts Customer Service at 1-800-955-1201.

Cessation programs & nicotine replacement therapies

Tobacco Cessation Coaching

Support could include:

  • FREE nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges)
  • One-on-one coaching and goal assessment
  • A personalized quit plan and a 'quit kit' to help

For more information contact:

Sarah Ellis, Wellness Coordinator, 573-341-4369
Anitra Rivera, 573-341-4632

Cessation programs online

The Ex Plan
This is an online tobacco cessation program supported by the Mayo Clinic and funded by the American Legacy Foundation. FREE to everyone. This program creates individualized plans to help you quit smoking.

 Freedom from Smoking® Online

This online program is nationally supported by the American Lung Association. It provides education, stress management techniques, and group support before, during, and after your quit date. Cost is FREE for the standard version and $40 for the premium version. The premium version allows access to online group support.

 Missouri Tobacco Quitline

The Quitline is nationally supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is FREE to Missouri residents and begins with an initial coaching phone call to assess stage and provide support materials. The program helps set you up with local resources and insurance information. It works with you to use replacement products if desired. It provides online and text messaging components. To participate, please call 1-800-QUITNOW (800-784-8669).

 National Cancer Institute

The institute provides FREE telephone, text, and online support to help you quit smoking. To participate, please call 1-877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848) or visit the website.

 Pro-Change Behavior Systems - Smoking Cessation Program

Backed by Drs. James and Judith Prochaska, health psychologists that worked on developing the Transtheoretical Stage of Change Model (TTM). Cost is $35 for one year and provides access to a variety of health programs. This is an online and text messaging program that delivers individual interventions and feedback based on TTM.

 Quit for Life Program

The Quit For Life Program brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing is a phone-based coaching and Web-based learning support service to help smokers quit. Participants are matched with a quit coach who helps them develop a personalized quit plan, provides guidance in choosing medicines, and gives ongoing follow-up support. To learn more or participate in the program, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

The following mobile apps were ranked as among the best by Healthline, and online resource committed to making people healthier through the power of information and for offering objective, accurage health information.

Craving to Quit - This app offers a 21-day program developed and tested at Yale University. Provides daily instruction, goal-setting, and reminders for $1 per day.

Quit Smoking Cessation Nation - This free app helps you track how long it has been since you stopped smoking and the amount of money you have saved, the number of cigarettes you avoided, and anticipated health improvements. Play a gam to distract you from cravings.

Quit Smoking wiht Andrew Johnson - The app is a self-hypnosis audio program intended to help you drift into deep relaxation and curb your desire to smoke.

Butt Out - Log your cravings and smoking, post motivational pictures and quotes, track your progress (amount of money you’ve saved, the number of cigarettes you avoided, and anticipated health improvements), and set goal dates by letting you choose to quit cold turkey, taper off toward a quit date, or celebrate a quit date from the past.

Craving to Quit - This app offers a 21-day program developed and tested at Yale University. Provides daily instruction, goal-setting, and reminders for $1 per day.

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach - This is a free app that creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. It is quite similar to ButtOut and also includes achievement badges and ways to automatically update Facebook and Twitter so your friends can help celebrate your successes.

My Last Cigarette - Stop Smoking Stay Quit - Enter your smoking habit and personal details then watch as various indicators display your expected increase in lifespan, your circulatory and lung function improvements, your savings, and much more. Over 10 different readouts keep you informed and motivated.

Quit It Lite - This free app tracks the cigarettes you did not smoke and how much money you are saving.

 UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking - This app works in Spanish or English, and helps you discover the connections between smoking, your mood, and your day-to-day life. This application is an extension of a 13-year project at the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco General Hospital to deliver scientifically supported self-help and puts effective tools at your fingertips.

National organizations