Resources & Support

Nicotine Dependence
Resources & Support

At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals. 

Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF’s support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.

Patient stories

There are days that I crave a smoke. But my commitment to my son far outweighs the urges I have for nicotine.

Amy Jaral

Amy Jaral, a 35-year-old mother in Alameda, California, had been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day since age 15. When she became pregnant with her son, Hunter, she found the motivation to quit – but quickly discovered she needed help.

Support services at UCSF Health


Stop Smoking/Vaping/Chewing Class

Get help quitting. Our tobacco addiction specialists will guide you through a four-week course on smoking, health and how to quit.

Support Group

Stop Smoking/Vaping/Chewing Support Group

This group is open to graduates of the Stop Smoking/Vaping/Chewing Class offered by the UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center, including those who are still smoking.

Patient Resource

Case Management & Social Work

Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

Patient Resource

Patient Relations

We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

Patient Resource

Spiritual Care Services

Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.