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.

Expertise and rankings

The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center was one of the first centers in the country to focus exclusively on treatments for tobacco dependence. This model of care has now become the standard in many medical centers around the U.S.

The center's goal is to serve patient needs by integrating research into practice and education. Since opening in 1988, the center continues to make notable contributions to the field of addiction research and tobacco-dependence interventions. Investigators have published nearly 450 peer-review articles in the last 20 years, and the scholarly output continues to grow.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

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.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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References
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