Mayo Clinic's approach

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

  • Counseling. Many people are counseled individually for one or more sessions in person or by telephone after an 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:

Why choose Mayo Clinic

  • Experience. More than 55,000 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.