UK Is Tobacco-Free
The UK HealthCare Medical Campus, along with other Central Kentucky hospitals, went Tobacco-Free in November 2008. The University of Kentucky Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative is effective Nov. 19, 2009, coinciding with the annual American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Beginning Nov. 19, the tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on campus (cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, snuff, etc.) and applies to all areas of the contiguous UK campus in Lexington, indoors and out. UK is among more than 255 United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies for the entire campus, indoors and out.
Want to know more about the policy? Read the University's Tobacco-Free FAQ here.
Want tips for working in a tobacco-free environment? Click here (PDF).
Tobacco Treatment Resources for UK Employees & Spouses/Sponsored Dependents
UK Health & Wellness Tobacco Cessation
UK Health & Wellness offers free Tobacco Cessation Coaching to help YOU successfully quit tobacco. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to eligible participants enrolled in this program.
You will work with your coach to:
- Establish a support system for tobacco cessation, identify behaviors that inhibit tobacco cessation, and create a plan to quit.
- Get information and support on how to quit and stay quit.
- Get free nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges.
- Explore options, including medications and behavior changes, and pick strategies that work for you!
Regular employees (0.5 - 1.0 full-time equivalency) and their spouses/sponsored dependents may participate. UK retirees and their spouses/sponsored dependentsmay also participate.
Want to meet Amy?
Click here to meet Amy and watch a 90-second video about how you can get support to become tobacco free.
What's the next step?
Click here to schedule an appointment with Amy.
Amy Rodquist-Kodet, MA, CHWC, is a Tobacco Cessation Health Coach for UK Health and Wellness. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech Communications & Urban Studies. She has a Master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. Amy is passionate about supporting individuals as they access their strengths to launch and achieve their goals, allowing them to live more fully on every level.
UK Tobacco Treatment Specialist & BeQuit Smoking Cessation Classes for Employees
A series of group classes are offered at the Health Information Library in Chandler Hospital. Individual counseling sessions are also available. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to eligible participants enrolled in this program. For more information, call Audrey Darville, ARNP, CTTS at 323-4222 or e-mail Audrey.
UK Health Plan Prescription Benefit (included with UK-HMO, UK-PPO and UK-EPO)
The UK Prescription Benefit includes coverage for Varenicline (Chantix™), a drug used for tobacco treatment. (You should speak to your physician about whether or not this medication is right for you.) For more information, visit the Web site.
UK Work + Life Connections
This office offers assessments, brief counseling, education and referral to UK employees. Visits are limited to 5 times per year. For more information, call (859) 257-9433 or visit the Web site.
Fayette County Health Department
The Fayette County Health Department offers Tobacco Cessation Programs, including the Cooper-Clayton method to stop smoking. For more information, please call (859) 288-2327 or visit the Web site.
Kentucky Cancer Program
The Kentucky Cancer Program offers classes using Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking. For more information, please call 1-866-495-9838 or visit the Web site.
Become an Ex
The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible. For more information, visit the Web site.
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