Resources for Faculty and Staff
Need help to cope, quit or be there for a friend? Smoking cessation supports are available in the community and through your employee benefits program.
Learn about coverage available to you under your employee benefits program.
Prescription smoking cessation products
If you have coverage under the University’s extended healthcare benefit, you can access up to $500 per lifetime in coverage for prescription smoking cessation drugs.
As of May 31, 2019, the $500 lifetime maximum for smoking cessation resources available through our employee benefit plans will reset. This means those eligible employees who have previously used some or all of that benefit will have access to the full $500 again. Contact Sun Life Financial for information on the types of smoking cessation therapies covered.
If you have access to a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and have allocated your flexible spending credits towards your HCSA, you may choose to put the money towards smoking cessation supports.
While supplies last, University employees can access free nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gum from the UC Pharmacy.
- STOP on the Road - Public Health is offering STOP on the Road smoking cessation workshops at U of G. Employees who attend are eligible for a five-week course of nicotine patches.
- Peer Support Group – If you are interested in speaking with U of G community members and a tobacco-cessation specialist about challenges and successes on the road to becoming smoke-free, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Regular, full-time employees and Sessional Lecturers can access smoking cessation programs through U of G’s employee and family assistance program provider, Homewood Health.
Also check out:
- Tips for helping a friend or colleague quit smoking
- Smokers Helpline from the Canadian Cancer Society and their First Week Challenge
- How to Quit Smoking from the the Lung Association
- STOP program from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Leave the Pack Behind: Web resource with research-based information and links to supports
- Walk or Run to Quit from the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room
- Cancer Care Ontario Aboriginal Tobacco Program
- Health Canada Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program provides NRT to First Nations and Inuit clients
- Pregnets: Helping pregnant and post-partum women quit or reduce smoking
- Stop Smoking Clinic through the Guelph Family Healthy Team
- Quit Smoking Now: Government of Canada smoking cessation guides and plans
- Crush the Crave free mobile app
- BreakItOff from the Canadian Cancer Society
- QuitNow Men from UBC and the BC Lung Association
- Nicotine Anonymous Group 12 Step Meeting- Every Monday evening at 7:30pm at Homewood Health Centre Colonial Building, Room 310.
For additional wellness resources related to your mental and physical health, visit U of G's Wellness@Work website.