Tobacco Cessation Program

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Health Promotion Office
Main floor of Hall Health, Room 187

Tobacco Talk helps UW students, UW employees, and patients of Hall Health Center stop using tobacco products.
Meet the Staff
  • Mark Shaw, MS: Director of Health Promotion – Having worked in the field health promotion with college students for 17 years, Mark welcomes talking with people about ways they can live a healthier lifestyle.
  • Colin Maloney, MPH: Tobacco Cessation Program Coordinator – Colin has previously worked for the Washington State Tobacco Quitline, and is a graduate of the UW Tobacco Scholars Program.
Starting the Conversation

Quitting smoking can be hard, but it’s often easier than people expect. We’re here to offer a safe space to talk about using tobacco, no strings attached. Whether you want to quit right away, or aren’t sure you want to quit right now, that’s okay. We’re here to help you start the conversation.

Asking Questions
  1. Why is it that you smoke (or use other tobacco products)?
  2. Do you see yourself smoking this time next year? In two or five years?
  3. How much does it cost you to smoke? What about long-term?
  4. Have you tried to quit before?
  5. How do you feel about smoking?
Quitting Smoking is Within Your Reach
  • One-on-one coaching, in person, by phone, or through email
  • A personalized Quit Plan developed for what’s going to work for YOU
  • FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products (patches, gum, etc…)
  • Referral to other services to offer more comprehensive support
  • Optional medical follow up through Hall Health’s providers
  • Access to Hall Health’s Wellness Resource Center
Tips for Quitting
  1. Get support. Talk to friends or family (or anyone else) who might be helpful through your quit.
  2. Make a plan. Quitting is easier when you have a plan and we can help you make one!
  3. Set a date. Setting a quit date is one of the most important things you can do.
  4. Take it slow. Make a small change between when you decide to quit.
  5. Use medications. People are much more likely to be successful quitting if they use an approved medication and use it correctly.
  6. Tobacco proof. Get rid of your tobacco and related items before your quit date.
Benefits of Quitting
  1. Save money. A pack a day, at $7-$8 a pack, costs nearly $3,000 a year.
  2. Feeling better. Your sense of smell and taste will improve after just a couple days of not smoking. You’ll start breathing more easily after just a couple of weeks.
  3. Avoid serious illness. After a year of being smoke free, your risk of a heart attack is cut in half.
  4. Protect friends and family. Secondhand smoke isn’t just a nuisance, it’s also a serious health concern.
  5. Freedom. Not being dependent on cigarettes or nicotine anymore. No more having to leave friends or an event to find a place to smoke.
What People are Saying about Tobacco Talk

“The tobacco cessation program at UW has been essential in my efforts to quit smoking. Colin has been the best support I could have asked for, and I am truly grateful. He walked me through the entire process and helped me establish a plan. This plan was what helped me realize I could quit smoking. I hope you continue to offer this program in the future for other tobacco users at UW, because it works. I owe Colin, the program, and UW a big thank you for helping me!”

More Information

There is no cost for the program for UW students (subsidized via the Services and Activity Fee), and UW employees and patients of Hall Health Center (courtesy of a substantial gift from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe). The program covers a series of one-on-one discussions (which after the first meeting could take place by phone), and follow up three and six months after your quit date. For further information about the Tobacco Talk, contact Colin Maloney, Tobacco Cessation Program Coordinator at (206) 685-7848 or

Additional Resources

Tobacco Talk Articles

Here you’ll find useful insights about stopping smoking from the coordinator of UW’s tobacco cessation program, Colin Maloney.  Contact Colin to learn more about the program at (206) 685-7848 or You can also check out Tobacco Talk’s Facebook page.

Recent articles:

Smoking Cessation & The ACA

One of the great things about the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t get a lot of attention, is that smoking cessation support, including medications, is required…

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

While many people feel that they ought to be able to stop using tobacco “cold turkey,” or without any supports many find that their quit process is made easier through the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products…

Smoking and Stress

Stress! It’s certainly not the case for everyone, but many people feel that smoking helps them manage their stress. I can relate to this experience as I used to find myself smoking more during my undergraduate program…