Smoking cessation resources

For faculty, staff or students who wish to quit

  • USC Pharmacies smoking cessation help – one-on-one consultations with the clinical pharmacist to discuss individualized smoking cessation plans, provide and discuss nicotine replacement therapy medications (prescription or non-prescription), and recommendations for coping with withdrawal symptoms. Each patient is seen one or two times a week by appointment for approximately 12 weeks; no referral from a healthcare provider is necessary. For employees the cost is $80; for students, $50.
  • USC School of Occupational Therapy’s Lifestyle Redesign Program
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry offers help through their dental hygiene clinic
  • California Smokers Helpline (offered in multiple languages) at 800-NO-BUTTS
  • American Lung Association
  • (sponsored by Nicorette, NicoDerm, etc.)

For USC faculty and staff through medical insurance providers

Some of USC’s medical insurance providers offer help:


Participants may enroll in up to two smoking cessation programs per calendar year, covered under the Prescription Drug program. For Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers in the PPO, the plan pays 100% of the cessation program.

USC HMO (non-union) AND Anthem MyChoice HMO (union – Keck/Norris)

  • No charge for nicotine dependency smoking cessation programs.
  • No charge for smoking cessation counseling and intervention services as part of a full physical exam or periodic checkup for the purpose of education on potential health concerns.
  • Prescription drugs to help stop smoking or reduce dependence on tobacco products, as well as over-the-counter nicotine replacement products (limited to nicotine patches and gum) are covered when obtained with a doctor’s prescription. These drugs and products are covered as preventive care services.

Kaiser Permanente (non-union)

  • No charge for individual counseling during an office visit related to smoking cessation
  • Wellness coaching available to all members – phone sessions tailored to individual patients
  • Online programs, special rates, and classes offered at medical centers
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