Tobacco Cessation Resources

Tobacco Cessation Resources

Quitting tobacco use is not easy, but you can do it!

Health is the number one reason people stop tobacco use, but your particular reason may vary.

The important first step is to find information and resources to help you on this journey, and AU is here to help.

Augustana Offers Options

  • Employee Cessation Resources:

Tobacco cessation support is provided for any employee of Augustana University in the form of counseling through the Employee Assistance Program (AETNA), Sanford Campus Clinic services, Sanford Health Plan sponsored cessation programs and statewide smoking cessation medication coverage and counseling services (sdquitline.com or 1.866.SD.QUITS). Employees will be informed of the availability of these options on a regular basis throughout the year.  
Contact Amy Meyers, RN, MA, Employee Health Educator at 605.274.4726 or amy.meyers@augie.edu for questions.

  • Student Cessation Resources:

All students can get tobacco cessation assistance through the Sanford Campus Clinic, Sanford Health Plan sponsored cessation programs and statewide smoking cessation medication coverage and counseling services (sdquitline.com or 1.866.SD.QUITS). Students will be informed of the availability of these options on a regular basis throughout the year.
Contact GoodHealth@augie.edu for questions.


  1. Sanford Health Plan (programs will be offered as needed/requested)

    1. Individual Nicotine Cessation Coaching:
      1. Individual basis provides flexibility for busy schedules
      2. Offered only to employees with Sanford Health Plan insurance
      3. Six 30-minute coaching sessions
    2. Group Nicotine Cessation Coaching:
      1. Group structure provides more accountability, motivation, etc.
      2. Available to ALL employees — even those without Sanford Health Plan insurance.
      3. Six one-hour coaching sessions
      4. Must have at-least four individuals commit to the class in order to do this group format.
  2. Campus Clinic — Lower Level Solberg Hall

  • Students, Faculty/Staff can visit with a Sanford nurse free of charge during clinic hours to discuss smoking cessation resources.  
  • Those who wish to discuss medication prescription options can visit the nurse practitioner for additional information (subject to insurance copay).  
  • For appointments, call 605.274.5552.
  1. SDQuits Line (sdquitline.com or 1.866.SD.QUITS)

  • Free written materials to assist tobacco users who are ready to quit
  • Free telephonic cessation counseling delivered by trained health coaches
  • Access to free cessation medication
  • Referrals to other cessation services (if interested)
  1. AETNA – Employee Assistance Program (Employees and Spouses Only)

Trusted Website Resources

  • BeTobaccoFree.gov — the Health and Human Services’ (HHS) comprehensive website providing one-stop access to current tobacco-related information from across its agencies.
  • CDC’s Tobacco Use Website — CDC is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco control. CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health provides national leadership for a broad-based approach to reducing tobacco use. A variety of government agencies, professional and voluntary organizations, and academic institutions have joined together to advance this approach, and this website contains information consolidated from all of these resources.
  • Guide to Quit Smoking — The American Cancer Society’s resources to help you stop smoking.
  • Freedom from Smoking® Plus — Evidenced based on-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of eight self-paced modules, each containing four lessons, and an interactive message board to assist you in quitting tobacco.
  • Become an Ex — The EX plan teaches you how to live life without cigarettes in 3 steps — all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud — Online program from the Department of Defense for US military service members and Veterans.
  • My Last Dip — MyLastDip is a free web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
  • Kill the Can — This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.