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Tobacco Cessation

Congratulations for taking this important step towards quitting tobacco and improving your health! Below you will find the online resources you will need to complete the course. 

There is a lot of material to cover. You may want to consider setting aside a little time on a few different days to review the information.  Please follow the steps below to complete this course.

You will be contacted to schedule two follow up appointments with a member of your tobacco cessation team. We recommend keeping a list of your questions to review with your clinician during these appointments.

To start: Open and Save your Workbook

Click here to open the “Tobacco Cessation: An Abbreviated Mini Workbook”.  You will use this throughout the course.

Watch Introduction Video and Print Handouts

This course consists of 10 different videos, including a short introduction and conclusion. Start by watching the introduction video. Below you will find a brief summary of what will be covered in each video and any handouts that are needed for that section.  We suggest that you print or open any worksheets on your computer before starting the video. 

Introduction Video

Class 1: Taking the First Steps

Why I want to Quit?
Why I use Tobacco?
Am I ready to Quit?
Barriers to Quitting
How Tobacco Affects your Body
How Your Body Heals After Quitting
Scheduling a Quit Date
Preparing for a Quit Day

  Tobaco Test    Deciding to Quit     Barriers to Quit

Class 2: Medications Can Help

Overview of medication options
Pitfalls of E-cigs

Class 3: Learning the Basics

Tobacco use is a Habit
Why a Habit Can be Difficult to Overcome
Tobacco use is also an Addiction
Coping with Withdrawal
Recognizing and Addressing Triggers
Healthy Eating without Gaining Weight
What to do on Quit Day

Tobacco Test     Quit Kit

Class 4: Strengthening my Skills

Managing Stress
Dealing with Cravings
Using Support
Benefits of Exercise & Activity
Relaxation Exercises

Class 5: Envisioning my Future

Benefits after quit day
Watch out for Triggers
Write my Own Story
Reward Myself

 My Quit Story

Class 6: Crossing the Finish Line

Resist the Urges
Plan for the Future
Slip Prevention
Living as a Non-user of Tobacco
Smoking and Sleep

Class 7: Staying on Track

Review Triggers
Keep a Positive Outlook
Turn to Support
Manage Stress
Celebrate You
Envision my Future 

 Triggers     Celebrate

My Quit Plan

My Reasons to Quit
Reasons I Use
Quit Date
Steps I Will Take

 Quit Plan     Quit Kit


Conclusion Video

Additional Resources: Click the icon below to open the list of additional resources that may assist you further on your quit journey.

Virtual Resources