Millions of people continue to use tobacco products, despite the well-known adverse health effects that they cause to the human body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
The trend in tobacco and smoke-free college campuses is a step towards decreasing the use of these dangerous, habit forming products. Research also shows that there are no safe levels of secondhand smoke, therefore, preventing exposure is a key component to a healthy campus community. Is your campus smoke free? Are your students petitioning for a smoke free campus?
Smoking is the number one cause of death in the U.S., killing over 1,300 people per day.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.
Secondhand smoke kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year.
Use Technology to Help Your Students Quit
Technology is very helpful to the quitter with a smartphone. Today, many apps exist to help individuals stay on track and say no to cigarettes. Apps are available for Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry devices, as well as iPad and IPod. Several of the most popular smoking cessation apps include the following:
•LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach (iPhone)
•Quit It Lite (iPhone)
•Quit Smoking (Android)
•My Last Cigarette (iPhone)
•Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation (Android)
•Craving To Quit (iPhone)
•UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking (iPhone)
These apps all offer a slightly different experience to the end user who is quitting, but can be an invaluable way to stay on track while on the go.
Do you have a Tobacco Awareness Event Planned?
Are you celebrating Kick Butts Day March 16th?