Yale Health

Smoking Cessation - Are You Ready to Quit?

Tobacco-Free Yale Assistance Program

At Yale, we care about your health and well-being.

That is why the university has committed to becoming a Tobacco-Free campus. Leading the charge among its Ivy peers, the Tobacco-Free Yale initiative will focus its efforts on improving the health and environment of our overall community.

Tobacco-Free Yale takes a holistic approach to supporting Yale students, faculty and staff by offering various programs and resources geared towards helping you quit tobacco.

For students the Tobacco-Free Yale initiative offers:

Student Wellness Resources 

These include:

For more information contact us by email at  studentwellness@yale.edu.

Student Health

In addition you can make an appointment with you primary care clinician in Student Health (203-432-0312) to help you evaluate the best aids for quitting smoking which may include prescription medications.

Call the Connecticut QuitLine

800-784-8669, a confidential telephone service that offers many resources, free of charge, for tobacco users who want to quit for on going coaching support. Ask the Connecticut Quitline about a smoking support groups in your area.

Get an online step-by-step quit smoking guide at smokefree.gov.

View the online cost savings calculator.

Additional Tips to Remember:

  • Get support from a non-smoker, an ex-smoker, or a friend who wants to quit; if you want a cigarette, call this person for a pep talk instead.

  • Ask family and friends not to smoke around you and try to avoid people and places that tempt you to smoke.

  • Expect craving to be the strongest on the first few days. On days 5-10, the cravings plateau, then dwindle after that. This is when you start to feel better. Most urges to smoke go away in 3 to 5 minutes.

  • If you want a cigarette, try taking 5 deep breaths, calling a friend or walking to see if the craving passes.

Helpful Web Resources