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Environment, Health and Safety Division

Berkeley Lab Aims To Minimize Tobacco Use

smoking mapThe Lab's goal is to minimize the impact of second-hand smoke for nonsmokers and advance the health of smokers by offering cessation resources. On November 15 the Lab will begin limiting smoking to designated areas on the main hill campus and at the Joint Genome Institute. Smoke-free tobacco also will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles.

Until November 15, Smoking is not allowed: in any Lab building, any Lab vehicle, within 25 feet (7.62 meters) from any Lab building, on decks or stairs, in areas with vegetation, or in any area posted as “no smoking”.  Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas that are 25 feet (7.62 meters) away from buildings and are paved with asphalt, brick, or concrete.  The complete text of the Laboratory’s policy is found in the RPM.  For those who choose to smoke, the Lab provides ash cans at a number of locations throughout the site. Never deposit trash into these cans, as it may cause a fire. If you have questions regarding where an ash can may be located, coordinate with the Building Manager or contact the Environment/Health/Safety/Security Division Office at extension 5514.

Questions & Comments

Smoking Cessation Resources

Anthem Blue Cross (All Plans)

Prescriptions to help you quit

Anthem online resources

  • Living Free (online program — discounted for UC employees).
  • Healthy Lifestyle Tobacco Free (for Lumenos members only)
HealthNet, HealthNet Blue & Gold, Seniority Plus

Prescriptions to help you quit

Discounts on cessation products

Health Net online resources

  • Decision Power Health & Wellness
Kaiser Permanente (Calif.) & Senior Advantage

Prescriptions to help you quit

Telephone-based coaching

  • Northern California: 866.251.4514
  • Southern California: 866.862.4295

Kaiser online resources

  • Healthmedia Breathe (online program)
  • Quit Smoking (resource page)
  • Tobacco Medications (resource page)

On-site counseling, contact your local Kaiser med center for availability

Western Health Advantage (WHA) Prescriptions to help you quit
Optum (Behavioral Health) Online program
Community message board

StayWell HelpLine: 800.721.2693

Enrolling in the StayWell - NextSteps Tobacco Cessation online program earns 50 points towards UC’s incentive award

UC–Berkeley Smoking Cessation Resources

Alameda County Smoking Cessation Resources

Tobacco Cessation Resources Guide

Programs available to the general public

Get Help to Quit with Cessation Programs & Counseling

California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone counseling program, offering up to seven FREE sessions of individual telephone support with trained counselors. The California Smokers' Helpline services have been proven in clinical trials to double a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting. The Helpline offers:

  • one-on-one, telephone counseling to quit smoking
  • referral to local programs and
  • self-help materials.

Services are available in six languages (English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese) and specialized services are available for teens, pregnant women, and tobacco chewers.

The Helpline also provides information to friends and family members of tobacco users.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 9 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Voicemail and recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.

Find out how the helpline works: About the California Smokers' Helpline

The National Cancer Institute provides smoking cessation counselors to answer smoking-related questions in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Calls are toll free within the United States.

The NCI QuitPal app is now available for download on iTunes!

NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist you with giving up smoking.


Online Help

QuitNet is a free online, interactive program developed by the School of Public Health at Boston University. This program blends proven scientific methods with web technology to customize a smoking cessation program for you, including:

  • tools to help you quit
  • ex-smoker to smoker support
  • timely emails and lots more
  • a directory of smoking cessation classes and
  • many helpful links and resources. was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society. This comprehensive site provides an online guide as well as downloadable resources to quitting smoking, including:

  • Smokefree TXT - a free mobile service to receive 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you stop smoking for good
  • Smokefree Smartphone Apps - downloadable apps to help get you through the hard times and keep you motivated to quit smoking and stay smokefree.

Clearing the Air: Quit Smoking Today (pdf), is an online booklet from that guides a smoker through the day-to-day process of becoming a non-smoker, including:

  • practical, step-by-step approaches and techniques for preparing yourself for quitting
  • an understanding the ways of quitting
  • what to expect on the day you quit and
  • referrals to additional information and resources.
The EX Plan is a free quit smoking program, one that can show a whole new way to think about quitting. It’s based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic. The EX Plan helps people see quitting not as one big war, but as a number of little battles they can actually win. And the secret to winning these battles is re-learning life without cigarettes.
Freedom from Smoking® Online, from The American Lung Association's Stop Smoking Website is comprehensive online program to help you quit, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is located within CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion.

Originally established in 1965 as the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, OSH is dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke by offering:

  • current tobacco-related news
  • educational materials and
  • guides to help you quit smoking.

American Cancer Society provides information about:

  • the health hazards due to smoking
  • how-to tips for quitting
  • dealing with withdrawal
  • maintenance issues once you quit and more.

The EX Plan is a free online quit smoking program, based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic. Find tools and information on how to:

  • create a Quit Plan
  • set a Quit Date
  • stay Smoke-Free

There is also a text messaging feature to receive text messages supporting you through your quit process.


Local Classes and Support Groups

City of Berkeley's Freedom from Tobacco Programs
Free, 6-week classes with the option of free acupuncture.

UCSF's Tobacco Education Center
The Tobacco Education Center (TEC) at UCSF Medical Center offers classes as well as individual consultations with doctors trained in treating tobacco addiction.

Call (415) 885-7895

American Lung Association
Classes are held throughout the East Bay. Call to find one that meets your needs.

Call 1-800-548-8252

Nicotine Anonymous
Modeled after AA, these groups meet at many locations. Call for a recorded list of free meetings.

Call 1-877-879-6422