Tobacco Cessation

Quitting tobacco use can be very challenging, but it’s not impossible. With the right information, resources, and support you can give yourself the best chance to quit for good. The Health Center at Auraria supports the students and employees on campus who want to quit using tobacco products by offering our exclusive Light Up Your Life in a New Way tobacco cessation program. If now is the time to quit for good, contact the Health Center at Auraria to support you through the quit process. 

Myths

Social Smoking is no big deal

There is no known safe amount of smoking. In addition more research is relieving the harms of social smoking including decreased arty function, a sign of future heart disease.

Hookah is not harmful

Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarettes and the water in hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in tobacco. Because the hookah sessions are typically long users may inhale more smoke than cigarette smokers.

You only need to worry if you smoke cigarettes

There are no safe tobacco products be it cigarettes, hookah, cigars, pipes, snuff or snus. 


Smoking

  • Interacts negatively with certain medications
  • Slows the healing process
  • Smoking Increases your risk of
    • heart disease
    • stroke
    • cancer
      • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
      • Bladder Cancer
      • Cancer of the cervix
      • Cancer of the esophagus
      • Kidney Cancer
      • Cancer of the larynx
      • Lung Cancer
      • Cancer of the Oral Cavity
      • Pancreatic Cancer
      • Cancer of the Pharynx
      • Stomach Cancer
    • dying from chronic obstructive lung disease
    • infertility/impotence
    • preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
    • osteoporosis

 

Smokeless Tobacco

There are many types of smokeless tobacco products including snuff (dipping) snus, and dissolvable tobacco (lozenges). All smokeless tobacco products can cause serious health consequences.

Harms of smokeless tobacco include increased risk of

  • precancerous mouth lesions
  • cavities
  • gum disease
  • heart disease
  • cancer
    • Esophageal Cancer
    • Oral Cancer
    • Cancers of mouth, throat, cheek, gums, lips, and tongue
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Kidney Cancer

E-Cigarettes

There is no tobacco in e-cigarettes but that does not mean that they are safe. There have not been substantial long term studies to show the safety of e-cigarettes.

  • Contains measurable levels of nicotine that can negatively impact brain development
  • Contain potentially harmful carcinogens similar to those found in tobacco cigarettes
  • Some studies have found antifreeze, formaldehyde and benzene coming from e-cigarettes
  • Common adverse effects associated with e-cigarette use include minor complaints or irritation relating to the mouth, eyes, and upper respiratory system.
  • Poisoning related to nicotine in e-cigarette liquid can occur by indigestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin or eyes. 
  • List your reasons to quit
  • Be aware of your triggers and figure out a different way to cope with your triggers
  • Get support from your family and friends, your medical provider, counseling services, or quitlines
  • Consider medication
  • Get rid of all tobacco products from your home, car, and work
  • Avoid smoking areas and try to stay in a smoke-free environment.
  • Try to keep all tobacco products out of view.
  • Pick a new habit such as jogging, cooking, or swimming.
  • If you have a craving try lollipops, gum, or sunflower seeds.
  • When you feel anxious try a relaxing practice such as meditation, yoga, or even taking a nice hot bath or shower.
  • Withdrawal symptoms only last 1-2 weeks and most relapses often occur only in the first week, don’t give up!

On Campus Resources

Health Center at Auraria 303-556-5216 Schedule a tobacco cessation appointment with tobacco cessation coach

MSU Denver Counseling Center 303-556-3132

CU Denver Counseling Center 303-556-4372

Healthy Pursuits Free Mind Body Classes to the Auraria Campus Community 303-556-6954 

Additional Resources

Calculate how much money you spend on cigarettes over a period of time smoking-calculator.com

Colorado Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW Free telephone tobacco cessation sessions and free nicotine patches and gum are available

COQUIT Mobile tobaccofreeco.org/quit/quit-today/coquitmobile Free text messages to give you support and coaching through your cell phone.

Smokefree TXT text the word OUIT to IQUIT(47848) from your mobile phone to sign up for encouragement, advice, and tips to help quit smoking.

My Last Dip mylastdip.com  is a free web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.

Kill the Can killthecan.org  offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.