Joseph F. Sullivan Center

CU Quit

Clemson is going tobacco free! Are you ready to quit?

Quitting smoking improves your health within minutes, even if you've been smoking for years. Don't believe us? 

The Dangers of Tobacco Use


20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse rate decrease
8 hours: Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in the blood return to normal
1 day: Risk of sudden heart attack decerases
2 days: Senses of smell and taste both improve
2 weeks: Circulation improves, lung function increases
1 month: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease
1 year: Your risk for coronary heart disease is half that of someone who smokes
5 years: Your lung cancer risk decreases almost 50% compared to pack-a-day smokers


Everyone knows why they should quit. We're here to help you figure out how! Contact the Sullivan Center to set up an appointment with a counselor in the CUQUIT program who will help you choose the best plan for you to quit using tobacco. We offer a variety of options, from medical to psychological, to  help you quit today! Most major insurance companies will cover the cost of nicotine replacement therapy, too. If you're ready to quit, we're ready to help! These services are available to Clemson employees, faculty and staff and covered dependents. 

Employees, faculty and staff: The health plans offered by EIP-the State Health Plan, BlueChoice HealthPlan, and CIGNA HMO-are all self insured. All premiums, and employers' contributions, are placed in a fund and used to pay claims and administrative costs. Illnesses caused, and contributed to, by tobacco use cost this fund about $75 million per year. Reducing tobacco use will help cut this expense. Effective January 1, 2010, EIP started charging subscribers who use tobacco, or cover family members who do, an extra $25 per month in health insurance premiums. Prevention Partners offer tobacco-cessation programs specifically designed for subscribers of the State Health Plan, BlueChoice Health Plan and CIGNA HMO.

  • For subscribers of the State Health Plan or BlueChoice Health Plan, The Quit for Life Program is a FREE program designed to help you get ready to quit, take action to quit, and never smoke again! Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing, a professionally trained Quit Coach will help you quit smoking. For more information about this program, click here. Along with your own personal Quit Coach, you will also have access to an online Web Coach, FREE quitting aids, and a quit guide. You can enroll online or call 1-866-QUIT4LIFE (1-866-784-8454). There is no cost to eligible enrollees.
  • For CIGNA HMO subscribers, the CIGNA Quit Today Tobacco Cessation Program is available by calling the number on the back of your CIGNA ID card. You will be able to work one-on-one with a dedicated health advocate to create a personal quit plan and improve your lifestyle.

Students: Click here to contact Redfern Health Center about quitting tobacco today, or call 864-656-0141. Their Health Promotion office can help you with the CUQUIT program. They offer free tobacco cessation counseling for those who wish to quit.

The Sullivan Center also recommends the free online tool--Become an Ex-Smoker. To order a free hard copy of the quit manual, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The free manual covers ways to deal with withdrawal symptoms, information on how to identify and deal with smoking triggers, and other tools to help fight urges to smoke.

South Carolina DHEC sponsors the free Quit for Keeps program, helping South Carolinians quit forever. The SC Tobacco Quitline is open 8AM-3AM, for residents of South Carolina age 13 and older. To learn more about the program, click on the link below, or call the toll free number.

quit for keeps

Information provided by Prevention Partners