Resources for Employees

On Campus

Healthy for Life

Classes, workshops and smoking cessation support to UMKC employees to develop healthy lifestyles, both on and off-campus.
View our full list of cessation resources.

Smoking-Cessation Coaches

UMKC’s smoking-cessation coaches offer the following benefits for faculty and staff:

  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (patches)
  • One-on-one coaching
  • A personalized quit plan
  • Peer support

Coventry myChoice Health Plan

The Breathe Smoking Cessation Program allows myChoice members free online and telephone coaching. For online access, login through My Online Services at and navigate to the Wellness Tools option. For phone coaching, call 1-866-856-4632. Contact if you would like a program flier.


Select smoking-cessation medications are available through the UM Prescription Drug program with a prescription from your physician. Covered medications include: Buproprion SR (generic)-formulary and Chantix-formulary. Contact your physician or ExpressScripts Customer Service at 1-800-955-1201 for more information.

UM System

KC Metro Area

Independence Health Department — Freedom from Smoking

Independence, Mo.
Six weeks free
For class schedule: Karen VanFleet, 816-325-7185

Jackson County Health Department

313 S. Liberty
Independence, MO
For class schedule: Alisa Smith, 816-404-6413

North Kansas City Hospital – Freedom from Smoking

2800 Clay Edwards Drive
Kansas City, MO
Seven sessions during three weeks, $50
For class schedule: Sharon Ambrosi, 816-691-1688

Shawnee Mission Medical Center — Smoking Cessation Now

9100 W. 74th St.
Shawnee Mission, KS
Nine sessions, $110
For class schedule: 913-676-7777, press No. 2 for class registration desk

St. Luke’s Hospital — No Smoke

Center for Health Enhancement
4200 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
Nine one-hour sessions (for one month), $110
For class schedule: 816-932-6220 or Carol McKay, 816-932-3260

Truman Medical Center – Freedom from Smoking

2301 Holmes
Kansas City, MO
Six weeks, $30
For class schedule: Rita Mangold, 816-404-5494

Missouri Residents

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, this quit line offers free information, consultations, counseling and an intensive telephone-based cessation program. Services include specialized materials, a quit kit and three additional calls with a dedicated specialist, and are offered in any language. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Kansas Residents

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and provided by the American Cancer Society, this quit line offers screening, counseling, support materials and referrals for tobacco cessation assistance (based on an individual’s readiness to quit). Services are offered in both English and Spanish. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-866-KAN-STOP.

National Programs

National Cancer Institute

Free telephone support is offered 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

American Lung Association

7 a.m.-9 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday
Lung Help Line 1-800-LUNGUSA

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