Tobacco Cessation

Approved Tobacco Cessation Programs

For tobacco cessation options specific to regional campuses, please visit their respective web sites.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue Fort Wayne

In-Person/Phone Option

West Lafayette's Center for Healthy Living: All Campuses

One-to-One counseling for tobacco cessation helps by providing support both before and after you quit. Through a series of up to four sessions, telephonic and/or in person, you can receive (a) guidance to help you handle challenges while quitting and (b) recommendations for selection and proper use of medications to help make you more comfortable while you are quitting.

Please contact the Center for Healthy Living at 765-494-0111 to schedule your first session with a nurse health coach or pharmacist at least one week before your planned quit date.


Indiana Tobacco Quitline: All campuses 

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 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 12 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 submit this letter to Human Resources as evidence of completion:

ATTN: Rhonda Greear

Campus mail:
HR - Benefits, KPTC

U.S. mail:
Purdue HR Benefits
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd Suite 1100
West Lafayette, IN 47906

 In-person drop-off:  Stewart Center, Room G66 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET Tuesday- Friday


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…with no copay as long as you have a prescription for them (including the over-the-counter items).  These do not require prior authorization.  You're allowed up to a 168-day supply (24 weeks) of each product in one year of treatment."

Tobacco Cessation Products

  • Generic nicotine replacement
    • Nicotine gum
    • Nicotine lozenge
    • Nicotine transdermal patch
  • Brand-name Nicotrol (nicotine inhalation system)
  • Brand-name Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray)
  • Generic bupropion (generic of brand-name, Zyban) ― Zyban is not covered
  • Brand-name Chantix (varenicline tartrate)
  • Additional Tobacco cessation products (OTC and Rx)
    • Bupropion HCl tab SR 12 hr 150 mg
    • Chantix tab 0.5 mg and 1 mg
    • Chantix tab 0.5 mg x 11 tabs and 1 mg x 42 pack
    • Nicotine polacrilex gum 2 mg and 4 mg
    • Nicotine polacrilex lozenge 2 mg and 4 mg
    • Nicotine TD patch 24 hr 21 mg, 14 mg and 7 mg/24 hr
    • Nicotrol inhaler system 10 mg
    • Nicotrol NS nasal spray 10 mg/mL

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

Premiums for medical, term life, universal life, and critical illness insurance are based in part by whether or not you (and your spouse, if covered) have used tobacco in the last 12 months.  You are asked a survey question around this when enrolling for benefits.  If you certify you  are a tobacco user, you will have an additional annual medical premium of $500 you have the option of completing an approved tobacco cessation program to reduce your premium.  Complete an approved program in 2019 and your premium can be lowered for part or all of the plan year.

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.

Center for Healthy Living Portal
To schedule an appointment, call 765-494-0111

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