Support is Available!
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 Cessation Counseling 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
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