The Office of Health Promotion Can Help You Quit

University Health Services’ Office of Health Promotion focuses all programming on health-related issues within the campus community (including students, faculty and staff). Smoking cessation is only one of the program offerings we have but it is an important health-related topic. We recognize the health risks related to smoking, as well as the health benefits for an individual when they successfully become a former smoker.

According to the website www.cancer.org, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S., and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.”

The Office of Health Promotion offers smoking cessation programs for students, faculty and staff. The program is generally six weeks in length, but may be tailored to suit individual needs and/or semester parameters. We use the American Lung Association program: Freedom From Smoking® and the Mayo Clinic program, My Path to a Smoke-Free Future®. ] Using both resources allows us to offer programs of differing lengths to meet the scheduling needs of participants and of semester schedules. Anyone interested in a smoking cessation program may call 330-672-8267 or email me at skbriggs@kent.edu.

A great way to get started is by participating in the Great American Smoke-Out. The American Cancer Society started the Great American Smoke-Out initiative 37 years ago with the goal of getting people to set a date and make a plan to quit smoking. This year, the Great American Smoke-Out is on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Office of Health Promotion will be hosting outreach tables on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Kent Student Center. We will provide educational information to assist individuals with the process of becoming smoke-free.

If you’re thinking of “kicking the habit,” here are some additional online resources:

The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
The American Lung Association at www.lung.org
The Mayo Clinic at www.mayoclinic.com/health/smoking-cessation/SK00055.