If you're like many smokers and tobacco users, you know you should quit, but you just aren't sure how to do it. Sure going cold turkey on the spur of the moment may work for some people, but you'll improve your chances of success when you enlist the help of your health care team.

Mayo Clinic provides top-quality, evidence-based care in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner to help you stop smoking. Your treatment team works with you to develop an effective stop-smoking plan to enhance your motivation and the skills needed to quit when you're ready.

  • Experience. More than 45,000 people have used the services of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center to learn to stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Programs are led by counselors with special training and experience in treating nicotine dependence.
  • Treatment offerings.. Mayo Clinic offers a variety of programs, including a unique eight-day residential treatment program in Minnesota. The programs can help those who need a little extra push to quit, as well as those who have almost given up — and everyone in between. Learn more about the programs.
  • Comprehensive, evidence-based care. Mayo Clinic's programs are supervised by doctors so that all aspects of your condition are considered in the treatment process. Nicotine dependence treatment is coordinated with treatment of other medical conditions, when necessary.

If you want to stop smoking, Mayo Clinic offers these types of treatments:

  • Counseling. Many people are counseled individually for one or more sessions after their initial one-on-one consultation at Mayo Clinic. These sessions can help you stay motivated, avoid or address relapse, and gain confidence in your ability to stay tobacco-free. To learn more about counseling sessions, see the video called Tobacco Treatment Specialist services — Mayo Clinic.
  • Medications. Medications to help you stop smoking fall into two categories — nicotine replacement therapy and non-nicotine medications. Using one or more of these medications may double your chances of quitting. Mayo Clinic is active in research that assesses the effectiveness of medications for stopping smoking.

Combining counseling and medication is an effective strategy for many people.

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers these additional treatment options:

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, people who want to stop smoking or chewing tobacco are seen in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Respiratory therapists provide counseling on a one-time basis. If you're interested in more-intensive treatment, you might be referred to other local services or the eight-day residential program at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic in Florida doesn't currently offer stop-smoking services.

At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, people who want to stop smoking or chewing tobacco are seen in the Nicotine Dependence Center by tobacco treatment specialists. Since it opened in 1988, the center has helped more than 45,000 people learn to stop smoking or chewing tobacco.

Residential Treatment Program appointments

Call 507-266-9392 or 800-344-5984 (toll-free)
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center conducts extensive research to refine and improve treatment approaches and success rates. Areas of investigation include:

  • Effectiveness of treatment programs
  • Dosage levels for nicotine replacement medications
  • New medications for treatment and relief of withdrawal symptoms
  • Treatment outcomes of cessation programs for special patient populations

Read more about this research on the Nicotine Dependence Center's research page.

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on smoking cessation on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

May 14, 2014