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More than 70% of people who currently smoke want to stop. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes (JUUL), snus, and other nicotine products make it easy to become addicted to nicotine. Does this sound like you? The University of Kentucky has tobacco treatment specialists and health professionals who have specialized expertise to help you stop. While stopping may seem like a tall mountain to climb, you can succeed with support and resources. Here are some more tips to help you on your journey.

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Treatment Program

A self-paced program to help you stop smoking. 

A Message about JUUL with Luka and Kelly Kinard

Luka Kinard became addicted to Juul when he was 14. Now 17 years old, he shares his story in hopes of helping others who are also fighting Juul addiction. 

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University of Kentucky’s Tobacco Treatment Resources

UHS Tobacco Treatment Services

Free to UK Students

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Quit Here!

Resources for UK Students and Spouses

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UK Counseling Center Tobacco Treatment Resources

The UK Counseling Center (UKCC) is committed to helping students make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Proud to be a Tobacco Free Campus

UK Celebrates 10 Years of Being Tobacco-Free.

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#iCanEndTheTrend Website

Tobacco use prevention services for youth, families, and community members across Kentucky.

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Additional Behavioral Health and Tobacco Policy and Treatment Resources From Our Partners

BH The Change

BH The Change is a searchable depository of tobacco-related resources funded by the CDC.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tobacco Use and Quitting Among Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

  • This home page provides resources for individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges who want to stop tobacco use.

What We Know: Tobacco Use and Quitting Among Individuals With Behavioral Health Conditions​

  • Facts about stopping smoking while having a behavioral health condition.

Personal Story of Rebecca M.

  • Rebecca M., age 57, lives in Florida, is a single mother, grandmother, and avid runner. She was diagnosed with depression at age 33 and smoked cigarettes to cope. The more Rebecca smoked, the harder she felt it was to quit. Rebecca finally quit smoking for good at age 52 after getting care for her depression. She now leads a smokefree life.
  • 3 Videos of Rebecca including her tip to those wanting to stop tobacco use, her explaining the vicious cycle of smoking in her journey, and the "new me". 
  • Information on Depression and Anxiety and the link to smoking.

Tips from Former Smokers Campaign 

  • Tips Campaign from Former Smokers with Mental Health Conditions. 

Mental Health Home Page

Smoking and Tobacco Use Home Page

  • Visit this page to find fact sheets, data, shareable content, and other tools. 

Multimedia & Tools Home Page 

  • Search this depository for infographics and other shareable media related to smoking and tobacco use. 

Adult Tobacco Use Infographic

  • View this infographic detailing tobacco use by American adults.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Multiunit Housing

  • An infographic detailing secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing.
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Harmful Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke and the harmful chemicals in it are known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SUDS), respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. They are also causes of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer in adult nonsmokers.

E-cigarette Use in Public Places

  • A flyer on E-cigarette Use in Public Places.

National Cancer Institute

Handling Nicotine Withdrawal and Triggers for When you Decide to Stop Tobacco Use

  • Information and numerous links to additional resources for what to expect when stopping tobacco use. 

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Tobacco/ Nicotine and Vaping Home Page

  • View research and related media and resources related to tobacco on this page.

National Jewish Health

Coping with Stress when Quitting Tobacco

  • Stopping tobacco use can be stressful. This infographic gives tips on coping with this stress.

Health Concerns Related to Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Information about smoking and tobacco use not specific to behavioral health.

Educational Infographics related to Health Impacts about Tobacco Use

  • A collection of infographics regarding the health impacts of tobacco use.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Visit SAMHSA's home page.

Visit SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatments and Services page.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 

  • View data, resources, and other links related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

Tips for Teens - Tobacco Use

  • An infographic on teen tobacco use.

Tips for Teens - E-cigarette Use

  • An infographic on teen e-cigarette use.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, Kentucky Department for Public Health

Visit their home page and their Quitting Tobacco page.

Truth Initiative

Vaping Nicotine and Mental Health Infographic

News Article: Tobacco is a Social Justice Issue

  • This brief article discusses the reality that a disproportionately high rate (1 of 3) of adults with mental illness use tobacco products as opposed to 1 in 5 adults without mental illness.

Colliding Crises: Youth Mental Health and Nicotine Use

  • A downloadable report on the connection between nicotine and mental health concerns. 

What you Need to Know to Quit Smoking

  • Facts and methods about stopping tobacco use. 

The Impact of Secondhand Smoke

  • Fact sheet surrounding secondhand smoke. 

Tobacco Use in the Military

  • Information on trends and policy efforts surrounding tobacco use in the US Military.


How to Get Benefits for Quitting Tobacco in Kentucky 

  • 5 practical steps for Kentuckians to receive medicine and counseling to help stop tobacco use. 

NAMI National Helpline Resource Directory

NAMI HelpLine volunteers and staff have compiled this directory of outstanding resources to help you identify possible options to meet your needs.