Intensive tobacco treatment program

The intensive tobacco treatment program of the Nicotine Dependence Center on Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota provides the most intensive treatment option available for stopping smoking. More than 1,900 people have been treated since the program began in 1992.

The intensive tobacco treatment program offers:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms
  • Doctor-supervised care
  • Long-term follow-up to prevent relapse


What to expect

A tobacco cessation counselor monitors someone using a carbon monoxide screening device. Intensive tobacco treatment program for smoking cessation

Program participants support one another in their efforts to live tobacco free.

The program lasts five days, from Monday to Friday, and is based on principles of addiction therapy and behavior change. Sessions are kept small, with a maximum of 8 participants, to ensure that each person's needs are met. You are assigned an individual counselor who is certified as a tobacco treatment specialist. An internal medicine doctor or nurse practitioner oversees your care.

Services include medical assessment and daily medical follow-up, individual and group counseling, educational sessions to help with stress management, relapse prevention, wellness coaching, tobacco-related health education, and sessions to assist family members and significant others in helping in the recovery process.

Staff members follow up regularly with all program participants to help prevent relapse.

Program dates | Program costs | Program guidelines

Registration requests

To submit a registration request for the intensive tobacco treatment program, you may use the online appointment request form or contact the Nicotine Dependence Center by phone or email.

Contact us

  • Phone: 507-266-9392
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday
  • Email:

Mailing address:

  • Nicotine Dependence Center
  • Intensive Tobacco Treatment Program
  • Mayo Clinic
    201 Building, Second Floor, Suite 20
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
Oct. 21, 2022