UC is committed to providing a tobacco-free environment. To support the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy and help those who want to quit smoking, the university offers a number of resources for faculty and staff.

All UC-sponsored medical plans provide the following:

  • Prescription nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine inhalers, sprays and medications, at no additional cost when prescribed by a physician.
  • Over-the-counter nicotine replacement products are available, at no cost when prescribed by a physician.
  • You can participate in behavioral modification programs to help you quit smoking, but it is not required to receive these benefits.

In addition, some medical plans offer additional resources as shown below. Copays and program fees may apply. Please consult your medical plan’s booklet or website for more information:

UC Health Savings Plan, Core, UC Care

To learn more about the resources available to you, visit ucppoplans.com, select your health plan and go to Manage Your Health. Call Anthem Health Guide at 844-437-0486 to speak to a representative.

UC Blue and Gold HMO

To learn about the Health Promotion Program for tobacco cessation, visit healthnet.com/uc. To sign up for Quit for Life telephone-based coaching, call 866-784-8454.

Kaiser Permanente

For telephone-based coaching, please call:

  • Northern California: 866-251-4514
  • Southern California: 866-862-4295

To learn more about Healthmedia Breathe, visit kp.org/quitsmoking.

For on-site counseling, contact your local Kaiser medical center for availability. Kaiser also offers medication support for tobacco cessation.

Western Health Advantage

Tobacco cessation programs are available to WHA members through their medical groups. Visit mywha.org/quit to learn more.

Your campus may also offer local tobacco cessation programs

Check your location's tobacco free page for available resources:

Programs available to the general public