Smoke Free Campus
The mission of Smoke-Free @ Gally is to encourage a positive health environment for everyone. We will strive to achieve this mission by:
- Convincing members of the university community that tobacco poses a serious health hazard for both smokers and non-smokers.
- Preventing future generations of Gallaudet University students, faculty, and staff from becoming addicted to nicotine.
- Helping current smokers who have decided to quit, and giving them the tools to enable them to stop smoking.
Throughout the year, the Student Health Service holds various smoke-free awareness events. The following items are available at these events or at the Student Health Service:
- Quit kits
- Fact sheets
- Promotional items designed to help smokers quit
The TRUTH About Smokeless Tobacco
(also known as chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip)
FACT : Four pinches of smokeless tobacco contain about as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
FACT : Because it contains high levels of nicotine, smokeless tobacco is highly addictive and hard to quit using.
FACT : Tobacco companies add sand, fiberglass, and other abrasives to smokeless tobacco that increase nicotine absorption and destroy tooth enamel.
FACT : Oral cancers are 50 times more likely in users of smokeless tobacco.
FACT : Oral cancer kills 30- 50% of those diagnosed with it within 5 years.
FACT : It is possible to quit - many people have succeeded.
FACT : Nicotine replacement therapy (patch or gum) can reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, making it easier to quit.
FACT : Sugarless gum, healthy snacks, or tobacco-free dip can help satisfy your oral fixation and help you remain tobacco-free.
FACT : Changing your routine and avoiding your triggers (those places or situations where you most often use smokeless tobacco) can help.
FACT : Not everyone quits for good the first time they try, but each successive attempt gets easier. Don't give up!
FACT: It is possible to quit.
FACT : There are places to get more information on support:
Tips on How to Quit
Two thirds of all smokers would like to quit. In fact, half of all smokers already have.
You can quit, too!
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, so quitting cigarette smoking is not easy, even for a highly motivated individual. Initial smoking cessation attempts are often unsuccessful: sometimes multiple attempts must be made in order to quit for good. Remember that although smoking cessation is a difficult process, millions of smokers have successfully quit. You can quit. Try!
How can I quit? Commit to quit!
Define your specific motivations for quitting and keep a list of why you want to stop smoking and look at it whenever you feel discouraged.
Talk with a clinician: discuss nicotine replacement therapy (Nicorette gum or Nicoderm patch), which is available without a prescription, and bupropion (Zyban) which must be prescribed. Both of these cessation aids reduce your cravings and help you reach your goal of being, and staying, smoke free.
Choose a quit date to begin complete abstention. Don't choose a quit date during midterms, finals, or other stressful times when you might find your nicotine cravings overwhelming.
Get rid of all tobacco related items in anticipation of quit date: throw out your cigarettes and matches and give your lighters to a friend.
Learn how to avoid situations and behavior that make you want to smoke.
Keep snacks with you, like celery and carrot sticks or sugarless gum and hard candies. Chew on one when you feel a craving. When you feel the need to smoke, take deep breaths and wait five minutes. Most cravings last fewer than three minutes, so try not to smoke immediately-it will pass.
Learn how to avoid or cope with situations and behaviors that make you want to smoke.
You will probably experience withdrawal symptoms...
You may experience withdrawal symptoms such as a headache or nausea. This is normal; it is just your body getting used to being nicotine free.
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, meaning that the physical discomfort you may experience is the result of abrupt nicotine withdrawal.
Concerns about weight gain?
Weight gain is a common concern for would-be quitters, especially women. Although there is a possibility of gaining weight, the average weight gain of around five pounds poses a negligent health risk compared to the health risks of smoking. Even this small weight gain can be avoided, however, with a little effort. Find ways to satisfy your hunger or oral fixation which are low in calories and fat. For example:
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat raw vegetables, like carrot and celery sticks, when you feel hungry or need something to put in your mouth.
- Try chewing sugarless gum or brushing your teeth more often.
- Chewing on toothpicks or plastic straws helps some people as well.
With time, your body will readjust to a lower blood sugar level and you won't feel hungry as often. One of the best things you can do is to start yourself on an exercise program because:
- Exercise increases your metabolic rate, so you will use the extra calories that smoking used to burn.
- Cardiovascular exercise can also help your heart and lungs get back into shape and recover from the damage caused by smoking.
- Exercise keeps your mind off cigarettes and increases your endorphin levels, helping you feel better.
- Regular exercise has been shown to prevent weight gain associated with smoking cessation.
- Don't be overly focused on losing or keeping weight off. Your main goal should be getting off cigarettes and letting your body recover from the damage smoking has caused.
Health Effects of Tobacco Use
One out of every two smokers who start smoking at a young age and continue throughout their lives ultimately die of a tobacco-related illness.
Altogether, there are more than twenty-five tobacco-related diseases known today.
Acute health risks of tobacco use include shortness of breath, exacerbation of asthma, increased carbon monoxide levels, impotence, and infertility.
Long-term health risks of smoking, the major contributor to illness and death, include heart attacks and strokes, lung and other cancers, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
Environmental tobacco smoke, also called second-hand smoke, has been shown to be just as carcinogenic as mainstream smoke because the water-soluble parts of environmental tobacco smoke can enter cells and damage DNA in the same manner as the water-soluble parts of mainstream smoke.
QUITING SMOKING ISN'T JUST FOR YOUR HEALTH...
No matter the smoking intensity, the present health condition, or the age of the smoker, quitting smoking will decrease many health risks.
Benefits begin within twenty minutes of the last cigarette when blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal.
One day after the last cigarette, the chance of a heart attack decreases.
One year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
After fifteen years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.
Benefits gained from quitting smoking include better taste of food, improved sense of smell, whiter teeth, and cleaner-smelling breath and clothes.
If you smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day, quitting could save you $500 per year.
Don't be fooled by "Light" and "Mild" Cigarettes!
These "low-tar" cigarettes deliver the same negative health effects as regular cigarettes by delivering the same amount of tar and nicotine.
Smokers' need for nicotine leads to increased intensity of smoke inhalation of the lighter brands.
Deeper inhalation or increased consumption presents an undiminished risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer for smokers of these cigarettes.
Cigars contain anywhere from 10 to 100 times as much nicotine as cigarettes.
Smoking one cigar a day is sufficient to drastically increase your risk of heart disease, emphysema, and those cancers usually associated with smoking cigarettes.
The high nicotine levels in cigars increase the rate at which you develop wrinkles, yellowed skin, and stained teeth.
They contain twice as much tar and two to three times as much nicotine as all-tobacco cigarettes.
The anesthetic character of cloves leaves clove smokers susceptible to many serious respiratory problems including infections, pneumonia, difficulty breathing, and bleeding from the lungs.
These symptoms, unlike those associated with nicotine intake, can occur after one incident of clove smoking.