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Tobacco Cessation Program

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Health Promotion Office
Main floor of Hall Health, Room 187

Tobacco Talk helps UW students, employees, and patients of Hall Health Center make decisions around their tobacco use. Whether you’re wanting to stop entirely, cut down, or not yet sure, we can provide support and help making a plan.

Tobacco Talk was initially created from a generous gift from the Snoqualmie Tribal People and continues through funding provided by the UW Services and Activities Fee. There is no cost for the program. UW students are additionally able to access Nicotine Replacement Therapy products (usually patches or gum) at no cost.

For further information about what kind of support is available, please contact Director of Health Promotion Patricia Atwater at (206) 616-8476 or

Starting the Conversation

Quitting smoking or vaping 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

One really important step to making changes is to better understand why one engages in an activity. So, if you’re thinking about making changes in your tobacco use, here are some questions to consider:

  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 Health Promotion Office
Tips for Quitting
  • Get support. Talk to friends or family (or anyone else) who might be helpful through your quit.
  • Make a plan. Quitting is easier when you have a plan and we can help you make one!
  • Set a date. Setting a quit date is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Take it slow. Make a small change between when you decide to quit.
  • Use medications. People are much more likely to be successful quitting if they use an approved medication and use it correctly.
  • Tobacco proof. Get rid of your tobacco or vape and related items before your quit date.
Benefits of Not Smoking
  1. Save money. Cigarettes and vapes are expensive.
  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.
  6. 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. For further information, contact the Tobacco Talk Program at (206) 616-8476 or
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!”

Tobacco Talk Articles

Here you’ll find useful insights about how to stop smoking.  Contact Director of Health Promotion, Patricia Atwater, to learn more about the program at (206) 616-8476 or

Recent articles:

Colin’s Smoking Journal

When digging through old boxes, former Program Coordinator Colin Maloney finds a notepad they used while they were quitting smoking.

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…

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