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UAMS cares about the health of its employees and we offer employees who smoke or use smokeless tobacco many opportunities to quit.  Tobacco cessation assistance is available through UMR at no cost to participants. Chantix, patches, gum and/or two office visits with your in-network primary care Smoking cessationphysician are provided at no expense to you through our medical plan.  (Your provider’s office visit claim must be coded as a visit for tobacco cessation for the zero copayment to apply.)

Employees may also use other formal cessation programs, including but not limited to a UAMS- or other hospital/clinic-based cessation program.

A Freedom from Smoking Support Group, led by Pat Franklin, A.P.R.N., and a certified tobacco cessation specialist will meet as needed. Please contact Pat Franklin at 501-944-5934 or PLFranklin@uams.edu.

Research shows that the best way for people to quit smoking is through evidence-based smoking cessation programs. In order to expand cessation program use and ultimately decrease tobacco use, several programs that provide tobacco cessation services or one-on-one counseling are available.  These include:

Smoking Facts

In the U.S., tobacco causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths, killing more than 440,000 Americans each year. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death today.

As of July 4, 2004 the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is smoke free. It’s never too late to stop smoking. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.

The SOS Quitline offers convenient and easy to access resources to help you quit and stay quit as well.

For More Information Call:

1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW)