On August 1, 2015, our campus became smoke and tobacco free. The Student Health Center and Office of Counseling Services can help if you are trying to quit smoking.

Benefits of Quitting Tobacco Use (the earlier you quit, the greater the benefits)

  • Save money
  • Food tastes better
  • Healthier looking skin
  • No longer have a smoky smell
  • Decreased risk of lung cancer (smoking is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases)
  • Lower risk of head, neck, pancreas and bladder cancer
  • Less likely to have heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vascular disease, premature death
  • Less skin wrinkling
  • Decreased respiratory problems such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath
  • Lower risk of peptic ulcer disease, osteoporosis, impotence
  • Reduced risk of infertility and low birth weight babies in women
  • Healthier friends and family- second-hand smoke causes a number of serious health conditions including asthma and sudden infant death syndrome

Preparing to Quit
Tobacco use is chronic addictive disease, and methods of successful quitting can vary from user to user. After deciding to quit, the first step is usually to set a quit date – the day you will quit using tobacco. Ideally this date occurs within two weeks from deciding to quit; however, some opt to choose a special date such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Secondly, some users decide to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked or tobacco used prior to the quit date as a means to prepare. Other steps that may help in preparing to quit include:

  • Telling others (such as friends, family, coworkers, etc.) about your plans to quit and asking for their support
  • Avoiding smoking in places where you spend a lot of time (e.g., home, car, work, etc.)
  • Preparing to cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, frustration, depression, and intense cravings to use tobacco
  • Preparing to cope with things that trigger smoking such as being around other smokers or tobacco users, stressful situations, and drinking alcohol
  • Talking with a healthcare provider about ways to quit tobacco use. Changing behaviors and taking medication are the two main methods of quitting tobacco use.

Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone.

 *Information taken from www.uptodate.com. For more information, see www.uptodate.com/contents/quitting-smoking-beyond-the-basics.

On Campus Resources
Student Health Center:
816-415-5020, Walk-In Appointments
The nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center can discuss options to help you stop smoking and to decrease withdrawal symptoms. Services are offered on an individual basis to any currently enrolled WJC student and faculty and staff members. Resources include nicotine replacement and prescription medication. Nicotine replacement can be obtained without a prescription. Forms include gum, patches, lozenges, nasal spray, or inhaler which can be started on the day you quit. Prescriptions- Chantix and Wellbutrin- can be started one week before your quit date

Office of Counseling Services: 816-415-5946, Scheduled Appointments
The Office of Counseling Services can assist in helping to make behavioral changes to help promote success in quitting the use of tobacco. Services are offered on an individual basis to any currently enrolled WJC student. Please call or email to schedule an appointment (hagert@william.jewell.edu). Faculty and staff may receive counseling assistance through the Employee Assistance Program offered through New Directions (1-800-624-5544; www.ndbh.com – login: WJC).

Local Resources
Independence, Mo., Health Department— Freedom from Smoking
Six weeks, Free
For class schedule & registration: 816-325-7622

Jackson County, Mo., Health Department – Freedom from Smoking
313 S. Liberty,  Independence, MO
7 weeks – One-hour sessions, Free
For class schedule & registration: Maggie Anderson, 816-404-8429

North Kansas City Hospital — Freedom from Smoking
2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO
Seven sessions over three weeks, $50
For class schedule & registration: 816-691-1690

Shawnee Mission Medical Center — Smoking Cessation Now
9100 W. 74th St., Shawnee Mission, KS
Nine sessions over five weeks, $110
For class schedule & registration: 913-676-7777, press No. 2 for class registration desk

St. Luke’s Hospital — No Smoke
Center for Health Enhancement
4200 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO
Nine one-hour sessions (for one month), $110
For class schedule & registration: 816-932-6220

Truman Medical Center — Freedom from Smoking
2301 Holmes, Kansas City, MO
Six weeks, $30
For class schedule & registration: 816-404-8136

Missouri Residents: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, this quit line offers free information, consultations, counseling and an intensive telephone-based cessation program. Services include specialized materials, a quit kit and three additional calls with a dedicated specialist, and are offered in any language. Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m., seven days a week.

National Resources
National Cancer Institute
Free telephone support is offered 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Call 1-877-44U-QUIT

American Lung Association
7 a.m.-9 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday
Lung Help Line 1-800-LUNGUSA

Freedom from Smoking

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