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Smoking Cessation

for boston college employees

Ready to quit smoking?

Boston College, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim, provides a host of resources and programs available to help you do so.  Harvard Pilgrim participates in QuitWorks, which offers free telephone-based tobacco treatment to residents of MA, NH and RI. You can obtain free and confidential tobacco cessation information, counseling, and support by calling the Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669). Also visit Harvard Pilgrim's smoking cessation help page for more information and to learn about the 18% HPHC member discount on QuitSmart, an effective quit smoking program.  Services are provided by bilingual staff in English and Spanish and through 3rd party translation for other languages.  A TTY line for deaf and hard-of-hearing members also is available. A qualified quit expert will talk with you about the services available to help you.

HPHC also has expert healthcare coaches who are available to provide personalized telephone support for all HPHC members over age 18.  Simply call Member Services at 888-333-4742 and ask to speak with a healthcare coach to guide you through the process of quitting.

Visit Harvard Pilgrim's website, which features numerous self-help resources that allow you to research specific health topics, explore ways to improve your health, and make more informed health care decisions.  Check out the A-Z Health Database, which provides extensive smoking cessation information and tools, as well as the Boston College Harvard Pilgrim website with direct links to the following resources:

·         Quitting Smoking: Coping with Cravings and Withdrawal

·         Quitting Smoking: Getting Support

·         Quitting Smoking: Preventing Slips or Relapses

·         Interactive Tool: Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?


We encourage you to participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20, 2014.


Based on results from the recent smoking cessation survey, Boston College's HEALTHY YOU team has scheduled the following free programs to assist those who wish to quit tobacco use. No sign-up is necessary.  But you will need to request approval from your supervisor if the session falls during your regularly work hours. There are two time slots for each offering in an effort to accommodate various schedules.  

Strategies to Quit Smoking Seminar (one hour session)

Description: Just thinking about quitting smoking can be overwhelming for many people. In this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare both mentally and physically for the process of quitting smoking. They will leave with new ideas and a sense of support for making this important step towards healthier living. Presenter Heidi Roth is a Registered Dietitian, Massachusetts State Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She teaches wellness through individual counseling and seminars, which includes smoking cessation and changing habits.

Option 1: 

Date:               Thursday 10/16/14

Time:              8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location:        McGuinn Hall Conference Room 521                                                         


Option 2:

Date:               Tuesday 10/21/14

Time:              3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:        Stokes Hall Conference Room N203


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Follow-up Coaching Appointment (15 minutes)

As follow-up to the above identical seminars, one-on-one coaching sessions will be available.  Individuals may sign-up and meet with a Health Educator for 15 minutes to individually discuss goals, strategies and helpful hints. Even if you could not attend one of the strategies sessions above, you are invited to make a coaching appointment by contacting Nicole Petitti. Opportunities for follow-up coaching will be available during the time listed below:

Date:               Tuesday 11/11/14

Time:              3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:        Stokes Hall Conference Room N203

Participants will be able to sign up for their preferred follow-up timeslot during the initial one-hour seminar. Alternatively, employees interested in signing-up for a session or follow-up coaching appointment can contact our HEALTHY YOU representative, Nicole Petitti at or 617-552-3336.  Pat Touzin, Director of Employee Assistance Program, is also available for smoking cessation coaching.


Smoking Cessation Resources