Thinking about stopping smoking? It's a great idea, and the single best thing you can do for your health...or your loved ones...or your wallet...or whatever reason you have to quit! For more reasons, think about the Benefits of Quitting.
Just as your use of nicotine didn't happen overnight, quitting use is not an on/off switch; most people make several quit attempts before successfully quitting tobacco use. It is important to have the facts about the most effective methods of cessation and how to begin the steps to change. Here are some of the methods people have used to try to quit smoking. Check out these options and decide which might work best for you.
1) Campus Cessation Services
Many campus health and wellness centers offer smoking/tobacco cessation services like individual counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and medications. Successful quitting often means using at least one of these methods. Contact your campus health center for more information.
What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy? Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
What are cessation medications? Medications/Pharmacotherapy
2) County Cessation Services
Community services are available to students in the counties they live. Local health departments have Cigarette Restitution Fund Coordinators who organize individual and group cessation counseling, offer free or reduced price NRT and medications, and other FREE services. Find out about services at your local health department listed on www.smokingstopshere.com.
3) Quitline 1-800-QUIT NOW
The state quitline is a FREE service to all Maryland residents, offering four sessions of telephone cessation counseling from certified Quit Coaches, most of whom are former smoker themselves. These are convenient services for many young adults. The Quitline is currently providing free NRT to Maryland residents, while supplies last. For brochures and information, go to www.smokingstopshere.com.
4) Online Cessation Services
Social support is important for successful quitting. As a college student, you probably do nearly everything online, and the internet is a good place to find help to quit smoking as well. Here are just a few helpful websites:
At www.smokingstopshere.com you will find true stories of successful quitting with the help of the Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) as well as county cessation programming.
Our website www.marylandstops.com will help you find activities and services available at their campuses and throughout the state. Cessation information is expanding on the site, and we can always use the help of college students for web design and development (contact firstname.lastname@example.org), especially students who are quitting smoking (YOU know what students need)!
Programs like www.quitnet.com, while not officially promoted by local or state cessation agencies and they are not completely free, do offer online places for students to find discussion-board and blog support from other people who are quitting smoking.
Another helpful cessation website that is geared towards college students is www.hawaii.edu/beat-it. Check it out!
STOPS encourages you to use the newest technologies to help students quit smoking and get involved with tobacco control. Start a Facebook or MySpace Quitting Support Group. These websites are totally free and popular with college students.
5) Don't be left out in the cold.
With the increased taxes and indoor ban on smoking, students who smoke may feel alienated and not supported by the community. STOPS members care about you and would like to help you quit smoking, when you are ready.
Is your college a S.T.O.P.S. coalition? Cessation services information, including campus counseling, medications, and NRT, is available on their webpage, under Campus Coalitions. If not, check out the cessation services at colleges throughout Maryland and ask your campus health services for help.