Quitting or reducing tobacco use can be hard and is different for each person. Tobacco Free UC is here to provide support and resources for students, faculty and staff who are thinking about quitting or who are ready to quit. If you require any accommodations or other assistance to participate in any of these programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download the Tobacco Free UC Resource Guide.
The American Cancer Society and Surgeon General share that "smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives." Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. They share just a few benefits of quitting smoking for good:
- In as little as 20 minutes after the last use of tobacco, the heart rate drops and returns to normal.
- 12 hours after quitting: the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: your circulation improves, and your lung function increases
- Read more about How to Quit Smoking or Smokeless Tobacco.
Faculty and Staff Resources
Quitting tobacco use can be tough, but you increase your chances of success when you get help. Below are some resources and information available to help you get started or keep going on your path to quitting. Visit Be Well UC, UC's employee wellness program for more resources.
- Anthem’s website offers a variety of resources and support. Using you Anthem log in information, you can find cessation resources under the “Care” tab then click “Health and Wellness Center”.
- 24/7 Nurseline: Call the 24/7 NurseLine to talk with a registered nurse about your health concern. Whether it’s a question about allergies, fever, types of preventive care or any other topic, nurses are always there to provide support and peace of mind. And, if you want, a nurse will call you later to see how you’re doing.
- If you want to quit tobacco use or learn more about the impact of secondhand smoke, UC's Employee Assistance Plan provider, Impact Solutions, provides free education self-help materials.
- Call Impact Solutions today at 1-800-227-6007 or visit their website at http://bit.ly/ImpactEAP and click on "Addition Center" icon. From there you can:
- Click on "Resources" and choose " Tobacco" to learn more about quitting.
- Review articles, listen to audio or watch video content, take advantage of resources and checklists specific to smoking and review some frequently asked questions.
Quitting tobacco use can be tough, but you increase your chances of success when you get help. Below are some resources and information available to help you get started or keep going on your path to quitting. Visit Student Wellness Center for more resources.
CAPS can provide additional information, resources and support through your quit journey. Find out more about CAPS and their offerings by calling 513-556-0648 or visiting Counseling and Psychological Services.
University Health Services is the home of two campus health locations, a campus pharmacy, and UC Student Health Insurance. UHS also provides nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). University Health Services website offers an abundance of information or call 513-556-2564.
The Bearcats Recovery Community is a program designed to support UC students in or seeking recovery from alcohol, drugs and other addictions. The BRC and its programs allow students to have an authentic college experience at UC while maintaining their recovery. The meetings will be Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:00PM at Arts and Science Building Rm 211 and will occur every week in the same location. Please email @UC_Wellness with any questions.
Local and National Resources
There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to quitting and reducing tobacco use. Below are some helpful resources and article to learn more:
Smoking Cessation Resources from The Christ Hospital
The Christ Hospital Health Network is committed to helping you on your journey to stop smoking. There are many resources available to help you quit. For more information about any of these resources, contact our Lung Nurse Navigator at 513-585-0690.
- Freedom from Smoking is a FREE 7-week program developed by the American Lung Association and provided to you by The Christ Hospital. For more information about the class or to register, call 513-585-0690.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) Quit Line offers one-on-one counseling and other resources for smokers who are willing to quit.
- The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line provides personal quit coaching and telephone counseling free of charge to all Ohioans, regardless of insurance status or income.
- Quit Now Kentucky offers coaching via phone, email, text and instant message. It helps participants establish a quit plan, provides education material and resources and membership in an online community of others that are also trying to quit smoking.
American Lung Association
Ohio Tobacco Program: QuitLogix
QuitLogix is an evidence-based program with web-based resources and/or 5 sessions of telephonic health coaching with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help you create a quit plan and strategies to help you stay committed. The Quitline offers 3 programs. Choose the best program for you based on your style of communication and the level of support you’re seeking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit Quitline's website.
Smokefree.gov offers free text messaging programs that give 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smokefree and being healthier. Find the program that meets your needs. You can sign up or opt-out at any time.Replace this text component with your accordion's content. Learn more about different tools to help you quit and how to use them at smokefree.gov.
American Cancer Society: Quit Tobacco
To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find free tips and tools by visiting their website.
Ohio Department of Health
The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP) is a program in the Bureau of Health Improvement and Wellness in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program is a state-administered program that operates within ODH. TUPCP receives funding from the CDC and other grants, state general revenue funds, and other funding sources. The program promotes healthy outcomes in adults, children, and babies by limiting the effects of tobacco and tobacco smoke by taking steps to lower smoking rates.
Educational Materials and Articles
- Expect a Lot of Failure Before You Succeed - HealthLine article
- Why It's Okay to have the Quitters Flu - LinkedIn article
- 26 Effects of Smoking on the Body - HealthLine article
- E-Cigarettes Another Way to Get Hooked - HealthLine article
- How quitting smoking changes your body (with infographic) - Huffington Post and CVS Pharmacy
- Practice the 4 D's to help you get through a craving: Delay, Drink Water, Deep Breathing and Distract - Massachusetts Public Health
- Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline - Quit Smoking Community