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Tobacco Cessation

Ready to quit? We're ready to help.

Health coaching options

Living Tobacco Free: West Lafayette - approved tobacco cessation program *

The Center for Healthy Living provides Living Tobacco Free health coaching at no charge to benefits-eligible employees, plus their family members covered on a Purdue medical plan. Health coaching is a confidential and supportive partnership between you and the RN health coach that can be an effective way to motivate and encourage behavior change to help you meet your tobacco cessation goals.

  • Coaching is available Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment with an RN health coach, visit the Center for Healthy Living portal or call 49-40111.
  • When scheduling online, click Appointments from the welcome screen, and then choose one of the RNs from the drop-down list of providers.
  • To learn more about the health coaching staff, go to the Center for Healthy Living "Meet our staff" page

Tobacco Cessation: Fort Wayne - approved tobacco cessation program *

  • Coaching is available through Heather Krull, DNP, FNP-BC at the IPFW Center for Healthy Living.
  • Call 260-481-5748 to schedule an appointment.

Classroom options

Living Tobacco Free: West Lafayette - approved tobacco cessation program *

Participants attending this class will learn tips and techniques to prepare to break the habit. Special focus will be placed on behavior change, overcoming withdrawal and cravings, coping with stress, managing weight, preventing relapses, and more. This program meets over a six-week period with each class lasting 90 minutes.

  • Available to benefits-eligible employees and covered dependents at the West Lafayette campus.
  • To receive credit for this approved tobacco cessation program you must:
    • Attend at least five of six classes in the program.
    • Submit your “completion certificate” at the end of the program to Human Resources Service Center, Attn: Tatiana Winship, FREH.
  • Contact the Center for Healthy Living at 49-40111 for details on the next available class offering and to register.

Freedom From Smoking: Fort Wayne - approved tobacco cessation program *

To help people along the journey to become a nonsmoker, the first three classes offer tips and techniques that prepare participants to quit smoking and the last three classes offer support. Sessions focus on thinking about quitting, relaxation, wanting to quit, quit day, winning strategies, the new you and staying quit. You must enroll in and complete this in-person program by attending at least five of seven classes in the program.

Freedom From Smoking: North Central - approved tobacco cessation program *

To help people along the journey to become a nonsmoker, the first three classes offer tips and techniques that prepare participants to quit smoking and the last three classes offer support. Sessions focus on thinking about quitting, relaxation, wanting to quit, quit day, winning strategies, the new you and staying quit. You must enroll in and complete this in-person program by attending at least five of seven classes in the program.

  • Call Purdue North Central Wellness at 219-785-5519 for class dates and to register.
  • Visit the North Central wellness page.
  • Available to North Central employees and their covered spouses/same-sex domestic partners.

Online options

All campuses - approved tobacco cessation program *

The Center for Healthy Living offers two online options at no charge to benefits-eligible employees, plus their family members covered on a Purdue medical plan.

Living Tobacco Free is a two-part, six-week program for those who are ready to quit or are thinking about quitting.

Staying Tobacco Free is a four-week program targeted at those who have already quit.

The programs are accessible through the Center for Healthy Living portal.

  • Eligible employees: Log in with your Purdue career account username and password.
  • Spouses/same-sex domestic partners covered on a Purdue medical plan: Create an account by registering as a dependent.

After logging into the portal, please do the following to get started.

  • Click Programs/Challenges.
  • Click Add New Program.
  • If you are ready to quit or thinking about quitting tobacco, select Living Tobacco Free, Part One and Part Two. You will need to complete all six sessions to receive a waiver of the tobacco-user additional medical premium.
  • If you have already quit using tobacco, select Staying Tobacco Free.
  • Click Enroll.
  • Click Continue.
  • Your program will now appear and will be available from the Programs/Challenges link. Once you complete a session and submit, your next session will be available one week later. To begin sessions, click on the hyperlinked date beneath “Sessions Waiting.”

To learn more, or to receive assistance with accessing the portal, contact the Center for Healthy Living at 765-494-0111.


Phone option

Indiana Tobacco Quitline: All campuses - approved tobacco cessation program *

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is available seven days a week. This program is provided by the state Department of Health, and it is available to all residents of Indiana. If you call from a number outside of Indiana, you will be connected to a Quitline for that location. Special notice: This program can only be completed once per year. If you have already completed this program, please select another option.

  • Available to employees and spouses/same-sex domestic partners at all campuses.
  • To receive credit for this approved tobacco cessation program you must:
    • REGISTER: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to start the program. A Quitline intake specialist will get your demographic information and register you in the program. You will then be transferred to a quit coach for your initial coaching call or you will be scheduled for an outbound call from the quit coach at a later date.
    • CALLS: Quit coach calls include assessment of status, review of stage of readiness to change, action items appropriate to status, discussion of triggers and barriers, setting a quit date and information/resources. During a coaching call, the quit coach schedules the timeframe for your next call. Should you miss a scheduled call, you can call in yourself to reach a quit coach.
    • TIMING: You will receive four calls with your quit coach. Generally, most people complete their four calls between six and twelve weeks. You may take longer than 12 weeks if needed, but you must not complete the four quit coach calls in shorter than six weeks.
    • SUBMIT YOUR LETTER OF COMPLETION: During your fourth call with your quit coach, you must request a “Letter of Completion.” Once you receive that in the mail, you will turn this letter in to Human Resources Service Center, Attn: Tatiana Winship, FREH as evidence of completion.

Other options

Community alternative

If you take part in a tobacco cessation program through other campus resources, hospitals or community organizations, you may qualify for waiver of the tobacco-user additional premium, depending on the specifics of the offering.

Before taking part, contact the Human Resources Service Center at 765-494-2222 to review the details of the offering and find out if completion of the program will qualify you for waiver of the additional premium. If the program qualifies, the Human Resources Service Center will provide you with a Community Alternative form that you must have signed by the community program's representative when you have finished the program.

Medical alternative

If you are unable to participate in a traditional program due to a medical condition, contact the Human Resources Service Center at 765-494-2222 to develop an alternative way to qualify for waiver of the tobacco-user additional premium.

Health plan coverage

For all Purdue health plans, the items listed below are covered 100 percent with no copay. You're allowed up to a 180-day supply each year.

Over-the-counter items:

  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine lozenge
  • Nicotine transdermal patch

Prescriptions:

  • Chantix tabs, dose packs
  • Nicotine nasal spray
  • Nicotine inhalation
  • Bupropion 150 mg SR/Zyban 150 mg

To get these products, take a physician's prescription to your retail pharmacy.

Office visits only related to tobacco cessation are covered at 100 percent in-network for all Purdue medical plans. Make sure to tell your health care provider that the visit is to discuss tobacco cessation and to code it accordingly.

 For questions about benefits, call 765-494-2222 or visit the Benefits website.

* Tobacco-user additional premium

If you complete an approved tobacco cessation program by one of the dates below, your additional premium will be waived on all pay you receive in the calendar year on or after the listed waiver date.

  • Complete approved cessation program during designated fall timeframe to qualify for waiver of the additional premium beginning on Jan. 1 of the following calendar year. For January 2015, an approved program must be completed Sept. 1 - Nov. 14, 2014.
  • Complete approved cessation program by Feb. 28 and qualify for waiver of the additional premium beginning on April 1.
  • Complete approved cessation program by May 30 and qualify for waiver of the additional premium beginning on July 1.
  • Complete approved cessation program by Aug. 31 and qualify for waiver of the additional premium beginning on Oct. 1.

 For more information about the additional premium, visit the tobacco-user additional premium frequently asked questions page.

 Additional information

Purdue's smoke-free policy is designed to support a healthy campus and limit exposure to secondhand smoke, which has been determined unsafe at any level according to the EPA. As of July 1, 2010, smoking is no longer permitted on campus except in designated areas. For more information on this policy, see www.purdue.edu/smokefree.