For 11 years, the UNC Tobacco Treatment Program (formerly the Nicotine Dependence Program) has provided leadership for implementing comprehensive tobacco use treatment services, education and training, and dissemination of resources for promoting tobacco free communities. Please click below to view a special video highlighting patient success stories from our Tobacco Treatment and Weight Management Programs, and check out more stories on our My Story pageTo contact us, please call (984) 974-4976.


What we do

TTP offers treatment for tobacco dependence to thousands of people across North Carolina. Our team of trained Tobacco Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) give compassionate care, collaborating with patients and employees to develop plans for becoming tobacco free. These individualized plans include behavioral strategies, cessation medications, and identification of resources that support tobacco-free living. Those participating in our programs have a six-fold greater chance of becoming tobacco free.


Our Programs and Services

Services are provided regardless of ability to pay in the following settings:

UNC Family Medicine Center: Open to all community members

NC Cancer Hospital: NDP’s on-site TTS engage patients from across the state who are fighting cancer. By becoming tobacco free, patients increase treatment effectiveness and reduce risk for cancer recurrence.

UNC Hospitals: TTS ensure that patients receive medications for withdrawal upon admission to the hospital, resources for remaining tobacco free after discharge, and follow-up support.

Worksite Programs: NDP works with local and regional employers, including UNC Healthcare and the Town of Chapel Hill, to help their employees become and remain tobacco-free.



Thinking of Quitting?

The Tobacco Treatment Program can provide you with the information and tools you need to become tobacco free. A treatment specialist will work with you to make a plan that works for you and your lifestyle including dealing with withdrawal, using tobacco cessation medications, and strategies for changing behaviors that are linked to your tobacco use. We will follow-up with you for adjustment of the treatment plan and medications, as needed, and give you on-going support to stop smoking and prevent relapse.

Individual appointments with a tobacco treatment specialist at the UNC Family Medicine are scheduled on several days of the week. In order to spend the majority of the first visit focusing on the treatment plan, we ask new patients to complete an Initial Assessment online before the first appointment. To find the next available appointment, call (984) 974-0210 or email


Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

UNC’s Tobacco Treatment Program and Duke University’s Center for Smoking Cessation now provide four-day trainings leading to readiness for certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. The collaboration also includes staff from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch. These partners piloted the training in June 2016 and will offer the training three times a year. Information and registration can be found at



Tobacco-related illnesses can touch everyone’s lives, whether through a friend, parent, spouse or other family member. Our clinical and research programs work to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related illnesses. To make a tax-deductible donation to the UNC Tobacco Treatment Program, visit Give to UNC. Please select the Nicotine Dependence Program fund (345787).

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