If you're thinking about trying to quit or cut back on your use of tobacco, The Community Health Collaborative and Health Services offer a number of programs to support you in successfully acheiving your goals.
Smoking CessationCounseling is available for free from both Health Services and Community Health.
Reimbursement for Over the Counter Quitting Aids Just bring in your receipt and we'll reimburse you for 50% of your purchase of nicotine patches or nicotine gum.
Prescription Quitting Aids Some medications have been shown to help with quitting, including buproprion/wellbutrin and zyban. These can be prescribed at Health Services.
Accupuncture is available at Health Services and is covered by the student health insurance!
Free Giveaways at Community Health to help you on your way, including an herbal tincture to help with cravings, and an "X-pack" full of useful tips, silly putty, toothpicks, and prize drawings after a week smoke-free!
Tips to Help You Quit or Cut Back
Set a quit (or cut back) date and make a commitment to stick to it.
Identify your motivations for quitting/cutting back and frequently remind yourself of them (leave yourself notes, etc).
Get support from others … maybe a quitting buddy?
Avoid being around people who are smoking, or ask them not to smoke around you.
Know what situations trigger cravings, and actively plan how to avoid or deal with these situations.
Give yourself rewards for not smoking.
Take care of yourself: sleep, eat well, and exercise.
Physiological Effects of Quitting Smoking
Within 20 minutes, the heart rate slows
Within 12 hours, carbon monoxide in blood returns to normal level
Within 2 weeks to 3 months, lung functions improve and risk of heart attacks declines
Within 1 to 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath are reduced
Within 1 year, the risk of a heart attack is half that of a smoker's
Within 5-15 years, the risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker
Within 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker's
Within 15 years, the risk of a heart attack equals a non-smoker's