University offers tobacco cessation program beginning Sept. 3

Case Western Reserve University will offer a free tobacco cessation series to faculty and staff Sept. 3 through Oct. 22 for those who want to quit using tobacco products. The eight-week sessions are available throughout the year. A representative from ease@work, the university’s Employee Assistance Program vendor, will lead each session.

Goals of the program include:

  • Assess readiness to end tobacco use.
  • Identify reasons for wanting to quit and barriers to quitting.
  • Develop awareness around when participants smoke to identify triggers and make a plan for behavior change.
  • A step-by-step program for ending nicotine use through self-discovery and group support, including aspects of behavior change, importance of good nutrition, exercise and stress management

Each tobacco cessation meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, room 320.

Registration is required. To register, email Valerie Clause at or call 216.325.9323. Additional sessions will be scheduled throughout 2014.

The group cessation program beginning Sept. 3 will be the last one available for faculty and staff members who want to complete the program and be eligible for the Tobacco Cessation Program Incentive this year.

Individual coaching also is available through a Tobacco Cessation Quit Line Program. The Quit Line Program offers benefits-eligible employees science-based tools and resources to take control of the habit. Participants are five times more likely to succeed than someone who does not enroll.

The free program includes:

  • A personalized coaching program with a professional Quitline coach.
  • Up to five convenient-to-schedule calls with a coach, plus the option to call the QuitLine anytime help is needed.
  • Coaches are available from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST.
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)—Patches, gum, or lozenges
    Clinical Guides on tips for quit success from the leading respiratory experts in the country.

Participants can enroll by calling 1.800.QUIT.NOW.