Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Collaboration. 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. Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Health professionals skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

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 deal with relapse, and gain confidence in your ability to stay tobacco-free. To learn more about counseling sessions, see this video: An invitation to talk with a tobacco treatment specialist.
  • 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 can double your chances of quitting. Mayo Clinic is active in research that studies how well medications for stopping smoking work.

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

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers these additional treatment options:

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 become the standard in many medical centers around the U.S.

Every year, thousands of people use the services at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as at many sites in the Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota and Wisconsin, to help them stop using tobacco. Programs are led by tobacco treatment specialist counselors who have special training, certification and experience in treating nicotine dependence.

The center's goal is to serve the needs of people who need help quitting smoking by applying research findings to practice and education. Since opening in 1988, the center has continued to make notable contributions to the field of addiction research and tobacco-dependence interventions. Investigators have published more than 500 peer-reviewed 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.

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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.