Nicotine Replacement Therapy Product Support Program for Binghamton University students, faculty and staff
Binghamton University encourages its students, faculty and staff to discontinue the use of tobacco products. Research shows that the combination of counseling and the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can increase the likelihood that individuals will be successful in ending their use of tobacco products. Research supports that the combination of counseling and medication is more effective than either intervention alone.
Counseling for tobacco cessation comes in many forms. A number of healthcare and wellness practitioners offer cessation counseling/education.
- Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC)
- Health Education Department
- University Counseling Center
- Healthy Practices Clinic
Faculty and staff
- Employee Assistance Program
- Healthy Practices Clinic
- Primary care physician
- Community pharmacist
Campus cessation classes are available throughout the year at no cost.
Binghamton University will offer up to an eight-week supply of free NRT (gum, lozenge or patches) to those who are motivated to stop tobacco use and are under the care of a healthcare provider or wellness counselor.
Below are instructions to receive NRT:
- Come to the front desk of the DSHSC during its usual work hours (8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday).
- Present your Binghamton University ID and identify the healthcare provider or wellness counselor who is directing your use of NRT.
- Participants will be required to complete an NRT eligibility form to assure that there are no contraindications to its use.
- Participants may receive up to an estimated two-week supply of NRT products (220 pieces of gum, 216 lozenges or 14 patches) and can return every two weeks for additional NRT, to receive up to an eight-week supply.
- Participants are asked to call the DSHSC prior to each subsequent visit and indicate which NRT product (and dosage) they wish to pick up so that it will be available at the front desk of the DSHSC. Participants will be asked to reconfirm the name of their provider/counselor before they sign for the NRT product. The NRT product distribution may continue for up to six months from the participant’s first visit or the end of the NRT program, whichever comes first.
- Occasionally, participants find it necessary to switch NRT products because of lack of effectiveness or side effects. This program will accommodate the switch as advised by the healthcare provider, but the total NRT given to any individual will be limited to an eight-week supply.
- Participants are encouraged to accept a call from the Decker School of Nursing for the purpose of collecting tobacco use information and to provide additional support services.
Extension of this service beyond the policy implementation date will be determined based upon need, demand and available resources.
Check out other pages on this tobacco-free website or email for more information.