If you smoke or use any form of tobacco products, The University of Vermont Medical Center encourages you to quit tobacco use for your health. Our Quit In-Person group programs are committed to helping you be free of tobacco use.
Local resources are available through The UVM Medical Center In-Person Group program to help you and your family members lead a tobacco-free lifestyle. Quitting tobacco use requires multiple attempts. Quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. The positive effects on your health and well-being are immediate.
"It's great to have a place to go where everyone shares a common goal. It might be the most important hour I spend all week for my long-term health."
Using a group for counseling and support combined with nicotine replacement can be the fastest and most effective way to stop any form of nicotine addiction.
"The support groups are great. They help out a lot. Not only do you get help from the group, you get to hear about others who struggle with quitting smoking because it is not easy. The group makes you feel that you are not alone."
Tobacco Cessation In-Person Group Classes
Group cessation classes are based on the American Cancer Society's freshstart program which runs for 4 consecutive weeks and is facilitated by a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS). The overall goal of the program is to help individuals overcome their addiction and enjoy the health benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.
The program is free and confidential. Delivered in a small group community or workplace setting, participants receive personal attention and the support of their peers. The program is evidence-based and proven effective. Groups are tailored to meet the needs of different learning styles and each session combines group discussion, education, skills practice in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
During the In-Person Group participants are introduced to the following key stages:
Preparation phase: tailoring your plan and laying the foundation for your success
Quit day: planning and affirming the decision to quit
Maintenance plan: providing skills, resources and support to remain tobacco free
Nicotine Replacement: your TTS will help you choose the right nicotine replacement plan. An 8-week supply of free patches, gum or lozenges are available to group participants (while supply is available)
Vermont Quit Network
Where you are in charge of choosing the options that work for you.
Quit In Person - Group
For In-Person Group information or registration, call 1-802-847-2278 or go to www.vtquitnetwork.org for quick and easy on-line registration and class listings in your area.
Quit By Phone
Links you with a quit coach who will help you get ready to quit and give you tips, advice and support to help you stay quit. Call now to get started.
Vermont residents: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
New York residents: 1-866-NY QUITS (1-866-697-8487)
Outside these two areas: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Visit www.vtquitnetwork.org for support, advice, tips and online coaching groups and forums where you can talk with other smokers who know what you are going through.
Women's Health and Smoking During Pregnancy
The Vermont Quit Network Quit by Phone and community quit classes work to help reduce the high relapse and SHS for pregnant smokers. Referral to the Quit line during pregnancy will prompt a call back after the due date which can provide support and/or NRT if the mother is not breastfeeding. For more information, call 1-802-847-6541 or go to www.vtquitnetwork.org.
For more information on smoking cessation, consult these resources:
The UVM Medical Center Community Resource Center
American Lung Association
American Cancer Society
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont
Quit Tobacco Classes
FREE four-week ongoing group sessions
FREE Patches, gum or lozenges ($200 value)
Every Monday 5:00-6:00pm
Evergreen Family Health, ?Williston
Call: 802-847-2278 to register or email us at