Cessation Resources

Rockhurst University recognizes that quitting tobacco use is a personal choice and can be a significant challenge. The University is committed to assisting members of our community in their tobacco cessation efforts. Tobacco cessation programs are an integral component in implementing this policy.

Here is a list of resources available to Rockhurst University students, faculty and staff:

On Campus

Blue Cross Blue Shield “A Healthier You” program
This program offers free telephonic tobacco cessation to BCBS members through Trestle Tree. For non-members there is a $10 monthly fee.

  • Call 1-866-523-8185
  • Available Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Select smoking-cessation medications are available through the RU Prescription Drug program with a prescription from your physician. Covered medications include: Bupropion SR (generic)-formulary and Chantix-formulary, nicotine replacement gum and patches. Contact your physician or ExpressScripts customer service at 1-800-955-1201 for more information.

Kansas City Metro Area

Jackson County Health Department
313 S. Liberty
Independence, MO
For class schedule: 816-404-8425

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

Olathe Medical Center – Freedom from Smoking
I-35 and 151st St.
Olathe, KS
Charge: $75 single, $100 per couple
Education department: 913-791-4312

Providence Medical Center - Freedom from Smoking
2929 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS
No charge
Contact: Jodi McGillicuddy, 913-596-4950

Shawnee Mission Medical Center — Smoking Cessation Now
9120 W. 75th 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

Missouri Quit Line
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

Kansas Quit Line
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. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

American Lung Association

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

Quitter In You