Smoking cessation

Binghamton University is now tobacco-free!

What does that mean?

The Binghamton University tobacco-free policy means that no tobacco use is allowed on any Binghamton University property.

Know the definition of tobacco:

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco and snuffs.

Need help quitting?:

On-campus resources

  • Campus Recreation: Offers many recreational and fitness services including intramurals, club sports, group fitness classes, wellness services and more. Call 607-777-PLAY (7529).
  • Decker Student Health Services Center: Provides currently registered Binghamton University students with primary care of acute illness and injury, health education, women's health services (including birth control), nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), travel medicine, immunizations, HIV testing, psychiatric consultation and laboratory services. All students are eligible to visit and all services are confidential. Located in the Infirmary on the East Access Road above Dickinson Community/across from College-in-the-Woods. Call 607-777-2221.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Provides confidential, professional, work-site based guidance at no cost to University faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate student employees, retirees and their families. EAP offers consultation, assessment and referrals to appropriate community and professional resources as well as programs and workshops.
  • Health Promotion and Prevention Services: Provides Binghamton University students with the tools and information needed to maintain good health.  Located in the Infirmary on the East Access Road above Dickinson Community/across from College-in-the-Woods, Room IN-116. Call 607-777-2254.
  • Tobacco Free Campus Initiative: Binghamton University transitioned to a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1, 2017. The University is offering resources to support those who use tobacco products to eliminate their dependence on them, if they so desire. This includes making smoking cessation programming and non-prescription smoking cessation devices (patches, gum, lozenges, etc.) available to faculty, staff, students and auxiliary services partners' employees.
  • University Counseling Center: Provides comprehensive preventive and clinical services. Its goal is to enhance the psychological well-being of undergraduate and graduate students so they can take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the University. Individual and group sessions are available. Located in OO-264. Call 607-777-2772.

Apps/social media

  • QuNitY: An online community for support that also sends messages to members.
  • QuitGuide: A free app from that helps you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smoke free. Use QuitGuide to track cravings by time of day and location. Get inspirational messages for each craving you track to keep you focused and motivated on your smoke-free journey. 
  • Quitter's Circle: A social quit app that engages both quitters and supporters to participate in the process.
  • SmokefreeTXT: A program designed to send encouraging texts to those quitting smoking. 
  • Quitstart: An app from for teens or adults who wish to quit smoking.
  • SmokefreeUS: A Facebook page from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for how to quit smoking that includes health information to encourage members to lead healthier, smoke-free lives.
  • LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach: Creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. 
  • A summary of several popular quit apps.

Community tobacco-cessation group classes

  • UHS Fresh Start program: A *free, four-week program with registration required. Offered several times throughout the year. Patient affiliation is not required. Visit or call UHS Class Registration at 607-763-5092 for more information.
    • Classes may also be offered on-campus. Participants enrolled in classes will receive a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) coupon they can redeem at a UHS pharmacy at no cost. Contact the Employee Assistance Program for details. 
  • *Lourdes Freedom from Smoking program: An eight-week class with a $25 enrollment fee. After successful completion of the program, the enrollment fee is refunded. Each class is two hours. Patient affiliation is not required. To enroll or for more information, call 1-877-9LOURDES.

Web-based support and information

  • American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking online program, designed for adults who want to quit smoking.
  • American Cancer Society Workplace Solutions: Fresh Start, a group-based tobacco cessation support program. 
  • Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It offers a variety of resources including information about the health effects of smoking, how to quit and how to support someone trying to quit.
  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare A comprehensive email support program that assists consumers in planning their "quit" with advice, testimonials and information. Coupon for Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ offered.
  • New York State Smokers' Quitline: 1-866-NY-QUITS (697-8487). Affiliated with Telephonic and web-based Quitline and online community support. Call to qualify for nicotine patches. Will verify insurance coverage for medications for Medicaid members. Downloadable support materials provided.
  • Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. More customized sites include: smokefreeVET, smokefreewomensmokefreeteen, smokefreeespa├▒ol and smokefree60+.
  • The EX Plan: A free, quit-smoking program that can show you a whole new way to think about quitting. It's based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at the Mayo Clinic.

Community support for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

  • Community pharmacists: Trained as certified tobacco treatment specialists who can deliver comprehensive counseling and behavioral support. To access these services, contact the following:
    • Walmart Pharmacy, Johnson City: Greg Lopez at 607-240-5047
    • Walmart Pharmacy, Vestal: Kathy Hirst at 607-798-1544
    • Rite Aid Pharmacy, Binghamton: Dan Prohotsky at 607-722-4221