Quit Tobacco Classes

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

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 quit tobacco classes if they meet eligibility requirements.

When and where is this service offered?

Fall 2018 Quit Tobacco Class Schedule

For more information, please call the Health Promotion office at (805) 781-5564.  Participants are highly encouraged to start classes at the BEGINING of the session, however participants may join Quit Tobacco classes at any time. Please note: new and returning clients must call in advance prior to their first session. (805) 781- 4945

Current session of classes are available at the following days and times:

SAN LUIS OBISPO: October 2- November 20, 2018
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Public Health Department
2180 Johnson Ave. – Annex bldg, Aqua Room
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

ATASCADERO: October 3- November 21, 2018
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Behavioral Health Department
5575 Hospital Drive
Atascadero, CA 93422

GROVER BEACH: September 27- November 15, 2018
Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Public Health Department
286 South 16th Street, Bldg. A
Grover Beach, CA 93433

*TMHA ATASCADERO: October 3- November 21, 2018
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Atascadero Wellness Center "Life House"
5850 West Mall Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

Learn more about TMHA Wellness Centers


*SLO VETERANS: September 25- November 13, 2018
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

227 South Street, Suit T
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Tobacco Control Program offers many different FREE resources to help YOU quit.

  • We offer free quit tobacco classes to the public. (please see schedule of classes)
    • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is provided to qualified partiicpatents, that are actively enrolled in the classes.
  • The Tobacco Control Program offers a FREE free texting service that includes support and weekly tips.
  • How do I sign up for the texting support?
    • FREE local text support: Text "SLOQUIT" to 20121
    • FREE local, tailored text support for pregnant women or women & familes with children under 5 years old: Text "SLOBFB" to 20121
    • FREE national text support: Text "QUIT" to 47848 (available 24/7)
When can I start the classes?

We advise all clients to start classes on the begining of each class cycle.

Dates of the Next Series of Classes:

San Luis Obispo Fall 2018

Oct 2 - Nov 20

Atascadero Fall 2018

Oct 3 - Nov 21

Grover Beach Fall 2018

Sept 27 - Nov 15

*TMHA Atascadero Fall 2018

Oct 3 - Nov 21

*SLO Veterans Fall 2018

Sept 27 - Nov 15

Can I just show up at the start of the next class? Do I need to do anything before?

No, Every new client will need to meet with a cessation counselor prior to starting classes to do a quick, intake form. Please call 805-781-5564 to set up a time.

Can I get free Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available free of charge to qualifying participants who are actively enrolled in quit smoking classes.

Can I attend classes just a couple times a month?

No. Each participant is encouraged to attend regularly, otherwise will not recieve any Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Are there cessation classes for pregnant women?

YES! The Tobacco Control Program has a program called "Baby's FIrst Breath". We offer free, tailored quit tobacco classes, one-on-one classes, and other services for pregnant women and familes of children under five years old. We want Mom, baby, and children to all breath clean air, our servies are designed to help you achieve that.

  • Call The Tobacco Control Program at 805-781-5564 to speak with Jenelle to learn about all the tailored servies offered. It's never too late.


Can I use e-cigarettes/ Vaping to help me quit smoking?

Currently, the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes for Tobacco Cessation. The County of San Luis Obispo does not recommend using e-cigrettes to quit smoking. Studies show that smokers who try to use e-cigarettes to assist in quitting, are very likely to to become a "dual user" and eventually use both conventional cigarettes, plus e-cigarettes. 

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