For information on how you can Live Your Best Life -Tobacco-Free, call or visit any of the support organizations listed below.
Clinical: Contact Weigel Health Center at 716-878-6711 or go to Weigel Health Center Webpage
Counseling: Contact The Counseling Center at 716-878-4436 or go to The Counseling Center Webpage
Educational Workshop: Contact the health promotions department at 878-4719 or email email@example.com.
The Employee Assistance Program and The Weigel Health Center have collaborated on a program regarding smoking cessation for interested faculty and staff. If you are a smoker who is struggling, we urge you to join us, share your story and get support. The program includes casual discussion regarding the facts of smoking and how it affects your health as well as the options available to quit. We will provide information on resources for quitting, and review the benefits of quitting. For those who qualify for and are interested in nicotine replacement therapy, nicotine patches may be available free of charge. For anyone interested in this programing, please email Julie Mondanaro, a nurse practitioner at the Weigel Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a smoker who is ready to or is interested in quitting?
Facts about Smoking:
Smoking increases your risk of developing cancers including lung, mouth, throat, bladder, stomach, kidney, and the cervix.
Heart disease and stroke are caused by the nicotine and carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis caused by smoking can make it very difficult to breathe.
Smokers are more likely to get colds and the flu, have gum disease, have trouble getting pregnant, or become impotent.
Benefits of quitting:
The amount of money that you will save!!!!
If you spent $11 on a pack and smoked ½ pack a day, you would save about $137 a month and would save $273 a month if you smoked a pack a day! Think about what else you could use that money for!
20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop
12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your body drops to normal levels.
2 weeks-3 months afterwards your circulation and lung function improve.
1-9 months after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decrease; 1 year after quitting the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of smokers and 15 years later it equals that of nonsmokers.
5 -15 years later your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker; 10 years later the lung cancer death rate is half that of a continuing smoker.
There are several options to help you quit when you are ready!
NYS Smokers’ Quitline: 1-866-NY- QUITS
Counseling-: As a group or individually this can be helpful in coping with the stress and apprehension over quitting and identifying triggers that increase the risk of relapse. You can visit the counseling center on campus located in the Weigel Health Center building on the second floor.
Medications: -Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Available in gum, inhaler, lozenge, nasal spray and patch
- Zyban (Buproprion SR)
The Weigel Health Center can discuss these options with you and help you decide which option may be best for you. At times the health center has free Nicotine replacement samples available for trial.
It is important to understand that relapse is common when attempting to quit smoking, because of the addictive potential of cigarettes, so if you have tried to quit before without success, don’t give up! This can be one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your health.
NY State Smokers' Quitline 1-866-697-8487
Smokefree Women (Facebook Support Group)
"This Facebook page was created to engage women and their social networks in the conversation on smoking cessation. The Smokefree Women Facebook page is meant to serve as a virtual support community and provides tobacco-related health information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to encourage members to lead healthier, smokefree, lives."
Smokefree TXT Quitting on your phone, on your terms.
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