Tobacco Prevention

Who can use this service?

Any school, organization, or community group can request an educational presentation. Any resident can participate in free tobacco cessation classes, but must meet individually with instructors prior to their first class session. Pregnant women, or parents of children 0-5, are eligible for one-on-one sessions. Call for more information.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge. Nicotine replacement therapy is also available free of charge to participants enrolled in cessation classes if they meet eligibility requirements.

When and where is this service offered?

For more information, please call the Health Promotion office at (805) 781-5564.  

For class information, visit the Quit Smoking Classes page.  While participants can join Quit Tobacco classes at any time, they must call in advance of their first session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Tobacco Control Program located?

The Tobacco Control Program is located in the Annex building at the Health Agency Campus. Our address is: 

2180 Johnson Ave. Annex
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

See the map for more detail: 

I want to quit tobacco. What resources do you offer to help?

Quit Tobacco Classes. We offer free tobacco quitting classes to the public. Anyone can start the classes at any time. Learn more at our quit tobacco class page. To get started, call 805-781-5564. 

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (such as nicotine gum or patches). Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as nicotine gum or patches is available free of charge to qualifying participants who are actively enrolled in quit tobacco class. To find out if you qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy, please call 805-781-5564. If you are not able to attend quit tobacco classes, you may also be able to get nicotine replacement therapy (gum or patch) through your health insurance. MediCal, CenCal, and MediCaid cover smoking cessation medications. Private health insurance may also cover smoking cessation medications. To get nicotine replacement therapy covered by your health insurance, ask you Primary Care Provider to write you a prescription. 

Texting Service. We offer a free texting service that includes weekly tips and live support:

  • For free local text support (includes weekly tips) : Text “SLOQUIT” to 839863 
  • Free national text support (available 24/7): Text “QUIT” to 47848

Questions about any of these services? Call us at 805-781-5564. 

What is nicotine replacement therapy? What is the benefit of using nicotine replacement therapy instead of quitting cold turkey?

Quitting tobacco can be difficult. This is because tobacco products contain nicotine, a chemical that is highly addictive. When quitting, it can be helpful to still have some nicotine to help with cravings. Nicotine replacement therapy is made to give nicotine to people who are trying to quit without all the other harmful chemicals found in the tobacco product itself. Examples of these are: nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges. 

People can quit without the help of nicotine replacement therapy and counseling but they are less likely to be successful.  According to American Cancer Society, studies show that using nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum or patches, can almost double your chances of successfully quitting. 

How can I get free nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine gum or patch?

You can get nicotine replacement therapy (such as gum or patches) at no cost to you in two ways:

  • Quit Tobacco Classes. Nicotine replacement therapy is available free of charge to qualifying participants who are actively enrolled in quit tobacco classes. To find out if you qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy, please call 805-781-5564.
  • Your insurance. If you are not able to attend quit tobacco classes, you may be able to get nicotine replacement therapy through your health insurance. MediCal, CenCal, and MediCaid cover smoking cessation medications. Private health insurance may also cover smoking cessation medications. To get nicotine replacement therapy covered by your health insurance, ask you Primary Care Provider to write you a prescription.
Can e-cigarettes help me quit smoking?

Currently, the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aide. The County of San Luis Obispo does not recommend using e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Studies show that smokers who try to use e-cigarettes to assist in quitting will become “dual users” and eventually use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. (Source: e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov)

What other resources are available to help me quit tobacco?

In addition to the County Tobacco Control Program, many great state and national resources are available to support you in quitting tobacco. These include:

National Quit Line
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

CA Smoker’s Helpline
M-F 7am-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm
1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
www.nobutts.org
No Butts App for iPhone and Android

National Cancer Institute Hotline
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

National Cancer Institute Online Chat
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m.
https://livehelp.cancer.gov 

American Lung Association’s Quit Smoking Page
http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking

Quit Tobacco, U Can Quit  2
www.ucanquit2.org

Smokefree
www.smokefree.gov

Smokefree Women
www.women.smokefree.gov

Become An Ex
www.becomeanex.org

In addition, some resources are specifically designed to help you quit chewing tobacco: 

Quit Smokeless
www.quitsmokeless.org

A Resource to Quit Dip & Chewing Tobacco
www.killthecan.org

Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco
https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/guide-to-quitting-smokeless-tobacco.html