Many smokers make kicking the habit their top New Year’s res­o­lu­tion. It’s a pop­ular goal, so much so that there are more former smokers in the U.S.—nearly 50 million—than cur­rent smokers, according to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. We asked Northeastern’s Uni­ver­sity Health and Coun­seling Ser­vices to pro­vide some strate­gies to help smokers quit as well as a run­down of the smoking ces­sa­tion resources avail­able to stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff.

•    Choose a reason that is strong enough to out­weigh the urge to light up, and then set a quit date.

•    You don’t have to do it alone! Tell your friends and family that you’re trying to quit. Their encour­age­ment could make the difference.

•    Set your­self up for suc­cess. Quit­ting cold turkey is not easy to do. Nico­tine is addic­tive, and in its absence, you may encounter symp­toms of with­drawal. So it’s impor­tant to ask your clin­i­cian about your options.

•    There is a com­pre­hen­sive list of smoking ces­sa­tion options avail­able to stu­dents through UHCS and the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Stu­dent Health Plan. Read more about them here. Stu­dents can also take advan­tage of the Ready to Quit! Pro­gram, devel­oped to offer per­son­al­ized smoking ces­sa­tion plans. Inter­ested in starting Ready To Quit!? Com­plete an assess­ment form online and UHCS will con­tact you to set up an appointment.

•    Coun­seling, nico­tine replace­ment therapy, and ces­sa­tion resources are also avail­able to benefits-​​eligible fac­ulty and staff through the Employee Assis­tance Pro­gram and their Blue Cross Blue Shield health­care programs.