Campus News

A Day Without Tobacco

November 20, 2013
Ehrai Adams

Tomorrow—Thursday, November 21—marks the 36th annual observance of the Great American Smokeout.

Knowing how difficult it is to quit smoking, the staff of the Office of Wellness have, for the last three years, been highlighting the American Cancer Society’s national campaign on campus to raise awareness among faculty, staff, and students about the resources available to help them kick the habit.

Working with Student Health Services, the wellness office is making Quit Kits available to members of the campus community. The kits contain literature and resources for individuals thinking about quitting as well as such tools for overcoming oral and hand fixation as rubber bands, candy, gum, and wristbands. Although prepared primarily for students, Quit Kits also are available to faculty and staff. Anyone wishing to obtain a Quit Kit may pick one up at the Wilder Information Desk or at Student Health.

Faculty and staff can enroll in CIGNA’s smoking cessation program, which offers online and telephone coaching and access to free over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies. To learn more about the program, visit myCIGNA.com or call 888-371-1125.

During the last three years, the Office of Wellness has also been researching and gauging Oberlin’s readiness to become a tobacco-free campus. If you support such an initiative, let us know by signing the petition. You may also direct any questions to ocwellne@oberlin.edu.

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