Education and Resources

Tools for Quitting

A lifestyle change can be a daunting challenge, especially when you don’t have the resources to begin your journey. Campus Health & Wellbeing and the Cal Poly Human Resource Department provides students, faculty, and staff the resources needed to adopt a nonsmoking lifestyle. These resources are here to support and empower those who want to quit smoking. As members of the Mustang community, let’s empower each other to create a smoke and tobacco free environment that allows us to live and be well.


Pharmaceutical Products Available at Campus Health & Wellbeing's Pharmacy

Smoking Cessation Prescription Medications for Students Only


Price for #30 days

Price for #60 days

Price for #90 days

Bupropion XL 150mg




Bupropion XL 300mg




Bupropion SR 150mg




Bupropion SR 150mg (Zyban generic)




Zyban Brand Name



Chantix Starter Pack



Chantix Continuing Pack



Over-the-Counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Students, Staff and Faculty

Available to Campus Community


On-Campus Price

Off-Campus Price

Nicotine 7mg Patch

$13.26 (14 Patches)

$39.99 (14 Patches)

Nicotine 14mg Patch

$13.26 (14 Patches)

$39.99 (14 Patches)

Nicotine 21mg Patch

$13.26 (14 Patches)

$39.99 (14 Patches)

Nicotine 2mg Gum

$9.60 (50 Pieces)

$18.49 (40 Pieces)

Nicotine 4mg Gum

$9.60 (50 Pieces)

$18.49 (40 Pieces)

* Price is subject to change




Peer health educators provide smoking-related presentations and provides educational materials on the benefits of a smoke-free Cal Poly and where to seek cessation services on and off campus.


San Luis Obispo County Services:

Anyone who is committed to quitting tobacco and ready to set a quit date can call the SLO County Tobacco Control Program today (805-781-5564) for FREE Quit Tobacco Classes with a skilled counselor. The program is approved for Medi-Cal and Medicare recipients. If registered and regularly attending classes, the county can provide nicotine replacement therapy to qualifying participants free of charge.


Staff and Faculty Resources:

Resource Description

LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program

Online program and information

Anthem BlueCross

PPOs - PERS Select, PERS Choice, PERS Care, HMO Anthem Traditional; select Health & Wellness Tab

Blue Shield Access+ HMO

QuitNet through Wellvolution

United Healthcare HMO

Online resources for health education, wellness and incentive programs. Members may be reimbursed for up to $100 dollars per smoking cessation class or program.
1-877-359-3714 for more information

Online Resources:

Resource Description

American Cancer Society

Quitting information and helpful tips.
(800) ACS-2345/(800) 227-2345

American Lung Association

Free comprehensive lung health assistance, information, disease counseling, and a proactive tobacco-cessation program to improve the health of individuals with lung disease.
(800) LUNGUSA/(800) 586-4872

American Lung Association of California

Self-help materials, phone counseling, internet-based information, and online chat with a counselor.

Free, personalized quit plan and an online support group.

Smoking quit line and National Cancer Institute's live help online chat.
Connects to National Cancer Institute Live Help Online Chat Smoking quitline telephone:
(877) 44U-QUIT/(877) 448-7848

California Smokers Helpline

Free and confidential telephone counseling program for quitting smoking, one-on-one phone counseling, self-help materials and a referral list of other programs.
Call to see if you qualify for free nicotine patches.
(800) NO-BUTTS/(800) 662-8887

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Quit tips and resources.
Youth Tobacco Cessation: A Guide for Making Informed Decisions

Mobile Apps: Apps: supports smokers working to become smoke-free.

Benefits of Quitting

Decreasing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 50,000 nonsmokers each year.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found secondhand tobacco smoke to be a risk to public health, and has classified secondhand smoke as a group A carcinogen, the most dangerous class of carcinogen
  • The California Air Resources Board has categorized secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant, in the same category as diesel exhaust
  • Most recently, the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and that establishing smoke-free environments is the only proven way to prevent exposure

Eliminating Tobacco Litter on Campus

  • Cigarette waste is extremely toxic to our environment. The filter of a cigarette is designed to trap the toxic chemicals in the tobacco smoke from entering into the smoker’s body. The small filter, when wet, releases the thousands of toxic chemicals back into the environment. These filters and chemicals are washed into waterways by storm water runoff.
  • By eliminating tobacco litter, colleges are not only decreasing the cost and time associated with cleaning up tobacco litter and increasing campus beautification, but decreasing the fire risk on campus.

Changing Tobacco Use Behavior

  • Comprehensive tobacco use policies (e.g., smoke-free policies) have been found to change tobacco use behavior in workplaces.
  • A study published in the British Medical Journal (2002) concluded that tobacco users who worked in a completely smoke-free environment were more likely to quit using tobacco than their counterparts working in areas without strong smoke-free policies. Additionally, individuals working in smoke-free environments were more likely to decrease the number of cigarettes they smoked throughout the day.
  • Smoke-free campus policies have been proven to decrease current smoking prevalence in students, to decrease the number of cigarettes used by those who continue to smoke and to increase favorable attitudes toward regulation of tobacco. These policies influence students’ perceptions about peer smoking (i.e. social norms). Students become less convinced that other students are tobacco users, and are less likely to use tobacco based on misperceptions about a high smoking prevalence among their peers.

Encouraging Students Not to Start Smoking

  • Historically, most tobacco users started smoking or using smokeless tobacco before the age of 18. During the last 20 years, this pattern of new addiction has been changing. A recent study found one-fifth of smokers reported starting after the age of 18. Among individuals who started using tobacco before 18, regular or daily smoking was not established until the ages of 20 or 21.
  • Internal tobacco industry documents support this belief and argue the transition from experimentation to a “confirmed” smoker can occur up to the age of 25. The college years have been identified as a time of increased risk for smoking initiation and transition into regular tobacco use.
  • As students graduate, they will be transitioning into tobacco-free environments. In California, the majority of hospitals and K-12 campuses are 100 percent smoke free or tobacco free. Nationwide, worksites, college campuses, health care centers and outdoor recreational facilities are adopting comprehensive tobacco use policies.

(adopted from CSUN Website)

Messaging Tips 

As a reminder, please be respectful of people's choices. We acknowledge this transition can be difficult. Here are some tips when reaching out to someone smoking on campus after September 1, 2017:

  • Be mindful. Reflect on your own thoughts and feelings before approaching someone. Do not attempt anything beyond your comfort level when providing information and support.
  • Be empathetic. Show compassion and understanding when discussing the policy with smokers.
  • Be respectful. Refer the person to the Cal Poly Smoke & Tobacco Free website for complete policy information and resources. If you do not feel entirely safe when engaging with policy violators, avoid further discussion or confrontation and leave the area.

Talking Points

Use the following scenarios and questions to help you discuss this policy with either a student or a colleague.

Scenario 1: You see a person using tobacco products on Cal Poly’s campus.

Response: Hello, my name is ________, and I am a(n) (employee and/or student) here at Cal Poly. I want to make you aware that as of September 1, 2017 we are now a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, which means that smoking is prohibited on campus, as well as all CSU’s due to an executive order. We would appreciate it if you would not smoke or use tobacco products while on campus. Thank you for helping us keep our campus smoke and tobacco free.

Scenario 2: A colleague asks you, "Where am I allowed to smoke?"

Response: As of September 1, 2017, smoking and the use of tobacco and vaping products are not allowed on Cal Poly’s campus. If you wish to smoke, you will need to leave the campus to do so. Maps indicating campus boundaries can be found on the Cal Poly's Smoke & Tobacco Free website.

Scenario 3: A colleague (staff or faculty) asks you, "Are there any smoking cessation resources available on campus?"

Response: Yes, you can visit the Campus Health & Wellbeing's Pharmacy for recommendations on over-the-counter or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products. The pharmacist will be happy to talk with you and recommend a product that best suits your smoking behavior to help you quit. You can also visit the Cal Poly's Smoke & Tobacco Free website for HR and online resources that are readily available. San Luis Obispo County’s Tobacco Control Program provides off-campus cessation services on a monthly basis. This information is listed on the Cal Poly’s Smoke & Tobacco Free website as well.

Scenario 4: A student asks you, "Are there any smoking cessation resources available on campus?"

Response: Yes, you can visit Campus Health & Wellbeing’s Pharmacy for recommendations on over-the-counter or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products. The pharmacist will be happy to talk with you and recommend a product that best suits your smoking behavior to help you quit. Campus Health & Wellbeing also provides cessation counseling. PULSE, Campus Health & Wellbeing’s Peer Health Education Program, can also help connect you to available services. You can access the Cal Poly's Smoke & Tobacco Free website, for online resources that are readily available.

Scenario 5: Someone asks you, "Am I allowed to smoke in my car?"

Response: We ask that you respect the campus policy and not smoke, use tobacco or vaping products while your vehicle is on Cal Poly’s property. Thank you.

Scenario 6: Vendors, contractors, and visitors violating the policy. 

We’d like to let you know that as of September 1, 2017, Cal Poly is a smoke-, vape- and tobacco-free environment. Smoking or the use of any tobacco or vaping products will not be permitted on any university property and ground, including the parking areas. More information can be found on our website. Thank you for respecting our new policy.


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