USF AHEC Tobacco Training & Cessation Program
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Tobacco Training & Cessation Program


Quit Tobacco Now!

Did you Know?
Tobacco is the single greatest cause of disease and premature death in America today. It is responsible for more than 430,000 deaths each year. Nearly 20% of adult Americans currently smoke, and 3,000 children and adolescents become regular users of tobacco every day. The societal costs of tobacco-related death and disease approach 100 billion dollars each year.

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Reasons for Quitting
  1. You will live better and live longer.
  2. Quitting will lower your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.
  3. If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
  4. The people around you, especially your children, will be healthier and less likely to use tobacco.
  5. You will have extra money to spend on things other than tobacco.
  6. You will have fewer wrinkles.
  7. You are ready!

View our Living Smoke-Free brochure for more great reasons to quit smoking today!

Tobacco: Beyond Cigarettes

The dangers of tobacco aren't only found in cigarettes. 

Smoking Cessation Services

AHEC’s Tobacco Cessation Program utilizes trained Tobacco Cessation Specialists to provide free counseling and support services to medically needy patients interested in quitting tobacco.

Cessation Services in Your Community

For information about AHEC Smoking Cessation Services available in your county, please visit the Florida AHEC Network website.

Cessation Services at USF

At the University of South Florida, Smoking Cessation Services are offered for both employees and students. Please also check out the Counseling Center website.

  • Employees: The USF Employee Assistance Program presents "Quit Smoking Now," a smoking cessation program for faculty and staff. Group and individual sessions are available.  Groups meet in the EAP Conference Room (SVC 2130) for six consecutive meetings starting in October.  For more information contact EAP at (813) 974-5469 or visit the Counseling Center website.

  • Students: Contact the Counseling Center at 813-974-2831.

Let us help you find the smoking cessation service that's right for you!

What: Lunchtime smoking Cessation Group

(On campus at the corner of Fletcher and Magnolia, next door to the Psychiatry and Continuing Professional Development, and behind the Morsani Center)

When: Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Please RSVP
Reserve your place in the group today!

Maureen Guthke, MPH, CHES, CPH
Tobacco Cessation Specialist
Gulfcoast North AHEC, Inc.
Phone: 813-929-1000 X207
Fax: 813-929-1009

Sponsored by the University of South Florida AHEC and the State of Florida, Department of Health.