USU Will Be Tobacco-Free

Tobacco/Smoke-Free Campus

 

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is now a tobacco/smoke-free campus. 

As such, we have compiled a list of helpful services to encourage and support those who wish to quit tobacco/smoking.

What You Need to Know

Whether you want to know more about the effects of smoking on the body or smoking cessation programs in your area, USU can help you gather more information to assist in your process of becoming tobacco-free. The following are but a few of the extensive resources available: 

https://www.ucanquit2.org/  This DoD sponsored website is rich with information on general and step-by-step information on tobacco, the cessation process, 24/7 live support, support program locator, and text support from SmokeFreeMIL for advice and encouragement. 

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/resources/index.htm  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website offers a comprehensive list of government and other resources to help you quit smoking, an overview of the CDC and its mission, basic information about tobacco and its effect on the body, information on tobacco-related disparities, data and statistics, state and community resources, global tobacco control and multimedia and tools. 

https://smokefree.gov/  This one-stop shopping website is an initiative of the National Cancer Institute’s that includes not only tips, tools and other information on how to quit using tobacco products, but it also delves into contributing factors in tobacco use such as depression and diet. 

www.opm.gov/quitsmoking  This federal government-wide program provides information on tobacco cessation case studies as well as information on how to utilize Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) to cover 100% of tobacco cessation programs.  

http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/index.html  This Department of Health and Human Services website is yet another website that offers facts and figures about tobacco and nicotine, its impact on smokers’ and non-smokers’ health (to include fertility), new FDA regulations, and tips on how to quit and avoid becoming a smoker altogether. 

How USU Can Help You

Change can be a difficult process so USU wanted to make it easier by compiling a list of resources for you to explore and consider in your (or loved one’s) decision to lead a tobacco-free lifestyle. So take your time. Feel free. Reach out. Know that you are not alone.

Advice/Support

Help Expert If you prefer to speak to an expert over the telephone, then check out this web page for toll-free numbers (instant messaging is also available here). 

24/7 Chat For live 24/7 support, click here  to chat with an agent.  

Text For those who prefer to receive support and encouragement via text messaging, click here. 

Freedom Quitline (ucanquit) Overwhelmed by the prospect of quitting smoking? Talking to someone at the freedom quit line may be just what you need. 

Want to find a program to help you stop smoking or chewing? Click here for the DoD’s ucanquit2.org support locator. 

Although the quitSTART application was designed with teens in mind, adults may also derive benefits from its features that enable users to manage cravings, track progress, share progress through social media, and get help with getting back on track after a slip. 

For help with creating a plan to quit smoking, check out the Mayo Clinic’s smoking cessation page.

Quit guides 

For more information on the benefits of quitting smoking, check out the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which falls under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers a pdf booklet that includes quick and basic facts about the benefits of quitting smoking.

Other Resources

Tools and Tips Click here for one-stop information ranging from  how to manage cravings to measuring stress and tips for slips. 

How to Quit If you would like to quit using tobacco and want more information on how to quit, then this page can guide you through the process. 

Help Your Hero Quit offers  a wealth of information for military service members, professionals, family members, and friends alike who wish to support the efforts of those in need. 

Quizzes Like quizzes? Take a quiz here on subjects such as nicotine addiction, stress, depression, nicotine withdrawal, and the risks of secondhand smoke. 

Smokefree.gov en español Click here for more information about tobacco cessation in Spanish. 

Smokefree.gov for veterans For more information on how smoking affects the veteran population, click here

Smokefree.gov for women

Smokefree.gov for teens For more information on how smoking affects teens, click here.

BeTobaccoFree.gov