Support for Employees

The University of San Diego is committed to providing its employees with a smoking and tobacco free campus. The information below offers employees multiple ways to access resources and learn more about available smoking cessation programs. Copays and program fees may apply. Please consult your plans summary of benefits and coverage. This information can be found on the MySanDiego Portal Employee Tab.

USD Plans

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

You will find many tobacco cessation resources such as articles, videos, link, guides and more. One the website, under the "My Health" category, select "Self Help" on the drop down list, then select "No Smoking" on the next drop list.

You can call the EAP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 342-8111, for unlimited confidential assistance with nearly any personal matter you may be experiencing.


  • HMO
  • Cigna OAP (a preferred provider organization, or PPO)
  • Cigna Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA)

Lifestyle Management Smoking Cessation Program

  • Website:
  • Wellness Coaching (over the phone and online)
    • 1-800-Cigna24
    • Offered in English and Spanish
    • Medications to help you quit

To speak with a representative, call (800) 244-6224. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Kaiser Permanente HMO

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

  • Website:
  • Wellness Coaching by Phone
    • (866) 862-4295
    • Offered in English and Spanish
  • Tobacco Cessation Health Education Classes (7 sessions)
    • (619) 641-4194
    • Medications to help you quit

Additional information:

To speak with a representative, call (800) 464-4000.

SIMNSA HMO (services in Mexico)

To speak with a representative, call (800) 424-4652.

Health Advocate

Health Advocate provides you with access to Personal Health Advocates (PHAs) – experienced health care professionals who can help you find solutions to your health care or insurance-related issues, and assist you with making informed decisions about care and services.

Call (866) 695-8622 or email

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

In addition to seeking help directly from your health care provider, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit designed to assist employees and their families in times of need. The EAP website provides information about several smoking cessation programs including:

  • Nicotine patch - The patch is a form of nicotine replacement therapy. Its purpose is to lessen your urge to smoke and cut down on your nicotine craving while you stop smoking. The patch is available "over the counter."
  • Nicotine gum – Like the patch, nicotine gum lessens your cravings while you withdraw from cigarettes. It is available "over the counter."
  • Biofeedback – This treatment by biofeedback professionals and non-invasive biofeedback machinery helps you learn your body's responses when you become stressed and "need" a cigarette, and how to change or "re-channel" your feelings at those times. Biofeedback is also used for many other stress syndromes.
  • Hypnotherapy – Some clinicians use hypnosis as a form of treatment during which the patient enters a "trance" and is then more receptive to suggestion. Suggestions can include eliminating smoking, phobias, stress, and obesity, among other maladies.
  • In-patient program – There are some residential, in-patient treatment centers where a combination of support, medications, and behavioral therapy are all part of the treatment to help people stop smoking.
  • Nicotine Anonymous support group – Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step Program (adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous) that offers help for recovery from nicotine addiction, and the ongoing group support of people helping each other live nicotine-free lives.
  • Cognitive Therapy – Cognitive therapy is relatively short-term and focuses not on your early childhood experiences, but on how you are thinking, functioning and communicating today. Cognitive therapy is action-oriented, helping the client learn self-help skills to gain freedom real-life issues like smoking, alcohol abuse, marital conflict, panic and other problems.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture is said to be able to minimize nicotine cravings, calm the nervous system and strengthen will power. Acupuncture works by intercepting messages sent by the brain to the body that demand more nicotine, thereby disrupting the addictive process. Acupuncture can only work if the patient really wants to stop smoking.