Tobacco Cessation

The Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI) is a multi-disciplinary program designed to help tobacco users quit. TCI offers free or low-cost, evidenced-based tobacco treatment services to all UMC New Orleans patients, employees, and the communities they serve.

Services offered to tobacco users include:

  • Cessation medication
  • Group behavioral counseling
  • Quit Line telephone counseling

Group Behavioral Counseling

For smokers who are ready to quit, free group behavioral counseling sessions are led by certified counselors. The behavioral counseling sessions are free for adults by appointment only.  Sessions are offered weekly at UMCNO every first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. respectively and every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. respectively.  

Participants attend one, two-hour class, covering topics such as:

  • preparing a reduction plan
  • identifying triggers and cravings
  • coping with withdrawal symptoms
  • preventing slips and relapse
  • obtaining social support
  • stress management techniques
  • nutritional information
  • cessation medication assistance information
Pharmacotherapy offered through this program is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Patch, Chantix, and Wellbutrin SR.  All medications are offered at a discounted price to UMCNO free care patients

The Louisiana Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, is available to adolescents, pregnant patients and those who are unable to attend class.  

Smoking Cessation Trust

TCI can also assist with enrollment in the Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT): a court-administered, court-supervised program for Louisiana residents that started smoking before September 1, 1988. The SCT covers the cost of counseling and/or medication for smokers who qualify to help them quit regardless of income and insurance. For more information on the Smoking Cessation Trust, please visit

Make An Appointment

If you have any additional questions/concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Lucretia Young via phone (504)702-5178 or email




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