Nicotine Cessation

Quitting nicotine products is a process and Student Well-Being is here to help.

Student Well-Being offers a one-on-one nicotine-cessation program for students, faculty, and staff who are thinking about or are ready to quit. These sessions may include:

  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges)
  • One-on-one coaching and goal assessment
  • A participant workbook
  • A personalized quit plan
  • Peer support

During the initial 60 minute consultation, will review your current use, any quit attempts in the past, and what will work best for you as you work towards quitting nicotine use.

To meet with a quit coach, email us at wellbeing@mst.edu or call 573.341.4211.

Taking the steps to reduce or quit your nicotine use can have positive effects on your overall health. Within the first few days of not using, your body begins to recover. If you are starting to quit and are struggling with withdrawl, just remember good things are happening in your body too. Keep going - you got this!


S&T's campus has been tobacco-free since 2016.


Nicotine is an addictive chemical compound that is found in tobacco plants. Products like cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco (such as snuff or chewing tobacco), hookah shisha, and most e-cigarettes & vape juice contain nicotine. Nicotine is the addictive chemical that leads to continued purchase of these products, but the most harmful parts of these products include other chemical additives like formaldehyde, lead, and arsenic. Due to these additives, smoke from both traditional tobacco products and vapes have the potential to be harmful to both the main consumer and those around them as secondhand smoke.
Nicotine is a type of drug that is classified as a stimulant, meaning that it speeds up signals traveling through the body.

Cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco may include additional chemical additives to preserve the dried tobacco leaves and add flavor to the product. Some of these additives are known to cause cancer.
Examples include:

  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene

Short term effects include lingering smoke smell, increased heart rate, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Long term effects include addiction, lung disease, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
For more on health effects from nicotine use, click here.

Other Resources to Quit or Reduce Your Nicotine Intake

  • Smokefree.gov is a website with tailored quit-smoking resources.
    • Smoke Free also offers SmokefreeTXT, a text service to help with your quit plan.
      Join by texting QUIT to 47848
  • The American Lung Association has a website with quit-smoking tips.
    • They also have a quit helpline you can reach at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)
  • The Truth Initiative has a text-to-quit program known as "This is Quitting".
    • They will send you 3-5 text messages per day to support you in your journey.
      Join by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709
  • Quit-smoking phone apps include the NCI QuitPal by the National Cancer Institute, MyQuit Coach by LiveStrong, and QuitStart by the CDC