Cessation Services

WPUNJ Counseling, Health and Wellness Center

The Counseling, Health & Wellness Center is a welcoming and accepting environment that strives to empower William Paterson University students to make informed decisions about their physical and emotional well-being in order to promote lifelong health. Tel: 973-720-2360 for an appointment at the Wellness/Drop-In Center.

Hackensack Meridian Health Quit Center

As a part of the Tobacco-Free for Healthy NJ initiative, the state has established 11 quit centers across NJ. The WPU geographic area is covered by one at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center (HMHC). This is a free program, funded by the state, which also provides free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). WPUNJ has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), allowing HMHC to provide cessation services on our campus to those who would like to quit tobacco, at no cost to the University. Tel: 551.996.1632.

The trained HMHC counselors will provide support and guidance to those wishing to quit, create a quit plan, explore and provide NRT. They will offer in person, tailored, free of charge, counseling to students and staff desiring to quit tobacco. They will meet the client at the University if such request is made. The service is provided both in English and Spanish. During initial intake, the counselors provide individualized treatment plan, including text-messaging support, and teach the clients on how to cope with cravings and ways to avoid slips and relapse. The clients will be followed for 7 months, during which periodic text messages will be sent to clients addressing their specific needs and providing them with resources needed to stay free from tobacco.


This is an NIH-funded study based at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center. The study is comparing two different methods to help Latino smokers quit smoking. Participants in the study will also receive free NRT. The study has been approved by WPUNJ IRB. Tel: 551.996.4242.

NJ Quit Line

NJ Quitline is a free telephone-counseling service for smokers who are ready to stop.

Tel: 866.NJ.STOPS or Web: http://njquitline.org/index.html. Services are provided at little or no cost. 

NJ  Quit Centers - NJ Department of Health, New Jersey residents now have access to 11 Quit Centers across the state through individual and group counseling. These Quit Centers provide residents with the resources to stop or reduce their use of tobacco products.


Additional Resources:


Created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. Smokefree.gov is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to reduce smoking rates in the United States. https://smokefree.gov/about-us

Become an Ex

Part of Truth Initiative®, America's largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Truth Initiative partnered with the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center to launch BecomeAnEX as a free digital resource to help tobacco users quit. This resource includes an active social community, text and email messaging support, expert guidance and interactive quitting tools. https://www.becomeanex.org

This is Quitting

Part of Truth Initiative®. The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping. This is Quitting has helped more than 220,000 youth and young adults on their journey to quit vaping. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit. https://truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting

Freedom from Smoking - American Lung Association

Widely regarded as the “Gold Standard” in quit-smoking programs, Freedom From Smoking® was created by the experts at the American Lung Association—an organization with more than 50 years of experience helping smokers quit.