Smoke Free Initiative

Are You Ready to Quit?

The University offers free tobacco treatment programs to support students and faculty, staff and their dependents that want to quit smoking.

Faculty, staff & dependents

There is no better time to quit: Millions have quit smoking and you can quit, too. Given the UM-Dearborn Smoke-Free Initiative, there is no better time to quit, even if you've thought about quitting before, tried to quit or successfully quit in the past and started again. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, quit, quit again!

What about hookahs?  Hookah pipes (also known as narghile, shisha, and goza) originated in the Middle East and have recently become popular on many college campuses. Flavored tobacco, which often used in hookahs, is sweet and marketed toward younger people.
The tobacco is heated in a water pipe and the smoke is moved through water in the base. It's commonly assumed that hookah pipes are safer than cigarettes because the smoke is "filtered" through water. In reality, the water only cools the smoke; it does not filter it. The tobacco inhaled is similar to smoking an unfiltered cigarette. It has the same cancer-causing substances and is as addictive.

Also, smoking hookah pipes may cause more lung damage than cigarettes because hookah smokers tend to inhale much more smoke than cigarette smokers during a typical smoking session, exposing users to higher levels of nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other carcinogens found in tobacco. In fact, an hour spent smoking a hookah delivers as much carbon monoxide to the user as smoking a pack of cigarettes.

Resources for quitting:

Kick The Habit

Smoking Cessation classes will be offered by MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service on the UM-Dearborn campus. The seven-week smoking cessation support program is led by trained professionals who will provide tips, techniques and coping mechanisms for people who would like to quit smoking. The group will meet weekly for 1.5 hours on the Dearborn campus. After completion of the sessions, a TCS trained professional will provide follow up support through telephone conversations with each participant at one, three, six and 12-month increments.

There is a 15-person minimum to run the group. There is no cost to University students, faculty and staff. Contact the Office of Human Resources at 313-593-5190 for more information or to sign-up.

Freedom from Smoking
American Lung Association

800-586-4872 or 248-784-2024

Free on-line program with focus on withdrawal symptoms, weight control, stress management, assertiveness and relaxation techniques. Group sessions for 10 or more people; fees may apply

Smoking Cessation Products may help you to quit if you are addicted to nicotine. If you are not physically addicted, these products probably will not help you quit.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products: These products provide nicotine to ease withdrawal symptoms (such as nervousness, restlessness, irritability, headache, dizziness and stomach upset) until you are weaned from smoking. They don't make you quit and they don't help you cope with the psychological challenges of quitting.

UM-Dearborn students can get free nicotine replacement products when you consult a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. To arrange a free consultation (or a quit-smoking program), contact Tobacco Consultation Services at or 734-998-6222.

Other resources:
Family and friends: Social support is probably the most valuable resource! Ask for what you need - encouragement, congratulations, and company. If you know someone else who wants to quit, try a buddy system.

Michigan Department of Community Health offers online information and a Tobacco Quit Line at 800-480-7848.

National Cancer Institute 800-4-CANCER

Nicotine Anonymous uses a 12-step approach. Free. 415-750-0328

The American Cancer Society (ACS) sponsors the Great American Smokeout, an event that challenges smokers to quit, one day at a time, and connects people with local resources. 800-227-2345 or 877-44U-QUIT,