In assisting with the compliance of the smoking/tobacco policy, the Office of Human Resources would like to offer smoking stop-smoking programs and helpful links.
Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, and its effects on workplace productivity are staggering. According to the CDC, smoking costs an estimated $80 billion per year in lost productivity due to sickness, disability and death.
Below are links to websites designed to help individuals become nicotine-free. The websites include information on nicotine dependence, tips for quitting, available resources, chat rooms, e-cards to encourage individuals to quit, counseling, and more.
Quit Smoking Now
Quit Smoking Now is our current cessation option for both faculty and staff to attend in support of quitting smoking. The class meets once a week for six weeks in a group dynamic, helping participants through the quit smoking process using tools such as participant workbooks, nicotine replacement therapy and reflection techniques of past and life experiences that have triggered the smoking behavior.
For cessation information times and location, please contact Terrance Harris, assistant director of the Office of Wellness and Recreation, at 386-822-7033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Flyers will be posted on campus close to the next time the class will be available for both students and faculty/staff.
Tools to Quit
Tools to Quit (TTQ) is another cessation option available to faculty and staff which is a one-time two hour cessation session covering the same information and support.
Stop Smoking Programs from Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- The American Lung Association offers a Freedom from Smoking no-cost online program.
- To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
- WellQuit is an 8-step method administered by the American Lung Association – certified coaches and brought to you by GlobalFitSM. Members must enroll with GlobalFit to take advantage of the discounts.
Smoking Prevention for Children and Adolescents
- Committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- The CDC is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.
- Information on quitting smoking and free handouts and brochures on “Raising Kids Who Don’t Smoke.”
- Download BlueComplements (SM) Information Sheet (PDF)
- BlueComplements (SM) Questions and Answers (PDF)
- BlueComplements (SM) Brochure (PDF)
- Blueprint for Health Brochure (PDF)
General Tobacco Information
- Horizon Health EAP STOP SMOKING
- This resource requires a username and password. Faculty and staff of the university should call Human Resources at 386-822-8710 or email email@example.com to request this information.
- Guide to Quitting Smoking
- Match Smoking Habits to Quit Methods
- Volusia County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program
- American Lung Association
- American Cancer Society
- Centers for Disease Control
This portion of the CDC website, contains useful resources for those wishing to quit.
- The site provides tips on keeping nicotine free, especially in the first 24 hours and a number of self-assessment instruments.
- While not a lot of information is on this website, there are some good articles as well as a chat room and message board.
- National Cancer Institute
- The site gives information on their 12 step approach for stopping smoking, information on where to find meetings, and information how to start meetings in your area.
- While smoking doesn’t directly cause mesothelioma, it can exacerbate the symptoms and speed up the development of lung cancer. This page includes important information about pleural mesothelioma, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment information.
- Quit Smoking Community
- The site contains information for individuals who want to quit such as tips for getting ready to quit and making it through the first week, frequently asked questions, and myths about stopping smoking. Health care professionals can find the 2000 Clinical Practice Guidelines, facts about smoking and posters.
- This is also one of the better websites for stopping smoking. It helps smokers set a quit date and gives advice on how to prepare for it, has information about different methods of quitting, provides support via email as well as allow people to chat with other smokers/ex-smokers. It also provides a local listing of stop-smoking programs.
- Based on the answers to a questionnaire, a personal report can be sent to help individuals step by step towards quitting smoking. There are brochures for people who are smokers or ex-smokers, and individuals can write questions to a specialist in the field of tobacco and receive answers.