Category Archives for "Tobacco"

Nov 14

Tobacco Free Florida Posts Gains In Smoker Cessation

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Fewer people are smoking now than ever before.

Tobacco Free Florida, which was created a decade ago, can take some credit for that.

There are now 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there were 10 years ago. The rate of young people who smoke has fallen from 10 percent to 3 percent.

Some estimates say that has saved more than $17 billion in smoking-related health care costs.

But Tobacco Free Florida spokeswoman Shannon Hughes says there’s work to be done with nearly 16 percent of adults still smoking.

“Our vision is to someday reach a point where we truly are tobacco free in Florida and we want to do that through freedom of choice. We want people to choose a tobacco free lifestyle.”

Voters passed a constitutional amendment creating Tobacco Free Florida. With advertising, education and prevention programs, it has helped nearly 160,000 Floridians quit smoking.

Source: Health News Florida

Nov 14

KU says campuswide smoking and tobacco ban will begin in fall 2018

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The University of Kansas campus plans to go not just completely smoke-free, but completely tobacco-free, too, beginning in fall 2018.

An official university announcement about the new rule isn’t expected until fall of 2017, according to the initiative’s latest timeline. But the years-long Tobacco Free KU initiative is continuing its efforts to get the word out and get people on board in advance, including a few events this week in connection with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday.

It’s hoped that a longer road to implementation will help ensure everyone is informed and ready for a new norm, university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said.

“It’s just a matter of changing the culture,” Barcomb-Peterson said. “It’s no longer going to be the norm to see someone smoking or using tobacco.”

Currently, smoking isn’t allowed inside buildings, but students, staff and visitors are allowed to smoke outdoors, as long as they are at least 20-feet away from buildings. Residents of student housing also are allowed to use smokeless tobacco products inside their rooms. Under the new policy all tobacco use — plus the use of e-cigarettes — will be banned from all parts of campus, indoors or outside.

Enforcement of the ban will follow phased approach, Barcomb-Peterson said.

“At least in the first year or so it’s not going to be a matter of people going out and looking for people who are breaking this ban,” Barcomb-Peterson said. “It’s going to be more a matter of just getting people used to the culture change — it’s expected when you come to campus it is tobacco-free.”

KU is nowhere near the first university to ban smoking or tobacco on campus.

As of October 1, 2016, there are at least 1,713 100-percent smoke-free campuses in the U.S., according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. Of those schools, 1,427 are 100-percent tobacco free.

This is at least the second time Tobacco Free KU has pushed back its campuswide tobacco ban implementation date.

When the ban was pushed back fall 2015 to fall 2016, human resources director Ola Faucher said more time was needed to adjust the draft policy, seek support from campus stakeholders and increase awareness about health risks of smoking and the policy change.

Currently at KU, cigarette smokers, electronic cigarette users and tobacco users can do so on campus but must go outside and get at least 20 feet away from buildings, according to the university’s current policy.

Smoking, electronic cigarettes and tobacco use are all prohibited in Memorial Stadium, the Kansas Memorial Unions, the Adams Alumni Center, and the facilities of the KU Center for Research Inc., the policy says. Smoking and electronic cigarettes are banned in campus housing, but use of chewing tobacco and snuff is allowed for student residents in facilities operated by Student Housing.

A draft of KU’s proposed tobacco-free policy is posted online at tobaccofree.ku.edu. It would apply to both the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The policy would not apply to tobacco use in personal vehicles.

Violation of the policy would be addressed through existing employee and student disciplinary processes, such as those outlined in the student and faculty codes.

“KU is strongly committed to supporting individuals to become tobacco free to encourage a respectful, healthier, and more productive learning/living environment for all members of our campus community,” the proposed policy states. “Studies, many conducted by our KU colleagues, have proven time and again that tobacco is a leading cause of death from many diseases, both for those who use tobacco products and those who are exposed to them on a second or third-hand basis.”

The KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., has a separate policy. According to the policy, smoking, electronic cigarette and tobacco use are banned from all buildings and only allowed in certain designated outdoor areas on the campus.

Source: Lawrence Journal-World

Nov 14

University Takes Initial Steps Towards a 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Campus – Montclair State University

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Montclair State University has been awarded a $19,415 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million, multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the eventual adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free campus policies. The University is among the first 20 institutions nationwide to receive the funding, and is the only grantee in New Jersey.

With the funding, Montclair State will launch Tobacco Free Red Hawks – a program designed to engage and educate the campus community about the health and lifestyle issues related to tobacco and smoking. Focusing primarily on its 21,000 students, the initiative will include outreach events and smoking cessation groups with the ultimate goal of becoming a completely tobacco-free campus.

“The goal of Tobacco Free Red Hawks is to engage and educate the campus community and support those who are looking to make lifestyle changes,” says Montclair State University Coordinator of Health Promotion Marie Cascarano. “The University feels strongly about its role in creating a healthy living, learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff, and this initiative is another way to act on that institutional commitment.”

The grants – which are distributed to colleges and university across the United States – are intended to address a critical, unmet need by helping colleges and universities work towards the ultimate goal of becoming 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free over the course of three years. Of the 4,700 higher education institutions in the United States, currently only 1,427 are 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free.

“In collaboration with other student development and campus life partners, the Montclair State University Office of Health Promotion has been working toward creating healthy tobacco-free lifestyles since 2011,” explained Karen L. Pennington, vice president for student development and campus life. “The University Senate charged the Campus Tobacco Task Force in 2012, and in fall of 2015 approved a recommendation that Montclair State adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy – including a ban on vapor and e-cigarette products. This grant will enable us to incorporate proven strategies and move towards ultimately becoming a tobacco-free campus.”

TFGCI is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s new five-year, $50 million initiative that uses education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and extend the company’s larger commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives.

“To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco among America’s college students,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and director of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control.

“We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of tobacco use, but we know we can’t do it alone,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Health and president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through the power of partnership and by increasing the number of tobacco-free colleges and universities, we can contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible, not a faraway dream.”

Source: Montclair State University

Nov 14

Anti-Tobacco Activists are attempting to raise smoking age

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Anti-tobacco activists in Vermont say they’ll be trying again this year to raise the age in the state for buying tobacco from its current 18 to 21.

A similar measure passed the House earlier this year but never got to a vote in the Senate.

This Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, when it tries to get smokers and other tobacco users to abstain for at least a day.

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin did not supporting raising the age for buying tobacco.

A spokesman for Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott says Scott also opposes raising the age when people can buy tobacco products.

Source: WCAX.com

Nov 14

More Michigan schools joining list of ‘tobacco free’ campuses

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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) — It’s an initiative that many schools across the country are supporting, going tobacco free.

Now three more schools in Michigan are exploring joining this list.

Davenport University, Oakland University and the University of Michigan are receiving grants from the CVS Health and the American Cancer Society in hopes to become tobacco free.

Monday 20 schools will be awarded a total of 3.6 million dollars in grants.

The program called, the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, is hoping to donate funds to 125 schools over the next three years.

According to the Department of Education there are nearly five thousand colleges in the United States, but only about 1,500 are completely smoke and tobacco free.

The American Cancer Society and CVS are hoping that by influencing colleges to become smoke free, it will create the first smoke free generation.

“Well I’d say we’ve made tremendous progress,” said CVS Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Troyen Brennan. “It’s really the public health story of the last half century, our ability to reduce rates of smoking now down to just about less than 16 percent. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Michigan State University became tobacco free starting in August of this year.

Western Michigan University has had the ban since the start of the 2014 school year, while Grand Valley State University still allows tobacco use as long as it’s 25 feet away from campus buildings.

Source: WWMT.com

Nov 14

CDC: Tobacco use linked to 40% of cancer diagnoses

Headline , Tobacco

Cancers associated with tobacco use make up 40% of all United States cancer diagnoses, and tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths in the United States, according to a recent CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC officials also said the cigarette smoking rate has reached an all-time low, thanks in part to state and local groups’ efforts, but stressed more work must be done.

Tobacco use and the cancers related to it remain a “persistent and preventable health threat in this country,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a news briefing.

“…Although smoking rates are at an all-time low, tobacco causes cancer of at least 12 parts of the body, accounts for three in 10 cancer deaths and will kill six million current smokers unless we implement programs to help them quit,” he said.

According to the CDC, research suggests that in addition to lung and head and neck cancer, tobacco use is associated with cancers of the rectum, colon, cervix, bladder, liver, pancreas, kidney, and stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia, as well as cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack and stroke, and pulmonary problems, such as COPD.

Among the CDC’s recent findings: men have a higher rate of tobacco-related cancer deaths than women; blacks have a higher rate of tobacco-related cancer deaths than other race groups; the burden of tobacco-related cancers is worse in areas with high poverty levels and low levels of education; and approximately 1.3 million deaths from cancers linked to tobacco use have been prevented since 1990. In addition, tobacco use results in 480,000 deaths and more than $300 billion in productivity losses and direct health care expenditures each year, and it costs $1,000 less per year to care for an ex-smoker than a smoker.

National Health Interview Survey data show among U.S. adults, the proportion who smoke cigarettes declined from 20.9% (45.1 million) in 2005 to 15.1% (36.5 million) in 2015. During 2014-2015 alone, there was a 1.7% decline, marking the lowest incidence of adult cigarette smoking since the National Health Interview Survey began compiling such data in 1965.

The CDC offered several recommendations for states and local entities to help them continue their efforts to reduce tobacco use rates, including promoting smoking cessation programs; powerful mass media campaigns; establishing and following up on smoke-free laws; and raising tobacco product prices.

“When states invest in comprehensive cancer control programs — including tobacco control — we see greater benefits for everyone and fewer deaths from tobacco-related cancers. We have made progress, but our work is not done,” Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, director, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said in a press release.

“Much of the good work that’s been done to reduce tobacco use has happened at the state and local levels. Much more needs to be done to address the gaps and better help communities that are disproportionally impacted by tobacco-related cancers,” Frieden said. “Progress across the [United States] has been inconsistent. There are large disparities among groups of people who use tobacco and disparities in the groups affected by tobacco related cancers.”

The CDC’s data were released a week before the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17, an annual American Cancer Society initiative that encourages smokers to quit. – by Janel Miller

Source: Healio

 

Nov 14

CSUSM to Create 100% Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus

Headline , Tobacco

California State University San Marcos was awarded a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multiyear program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus.

Over the next three years, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will be awarded TFGCI grants to support their efforts to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation and evaluation. CSUSM is one of the first 20 colleges and universities to receive a TFGCI grant.

“We’re honored to be one of the first universities to receive this pioneering grant,” said Kim Pulvers, associate professor of psychology. “Our overall project goal is to prepare our campus for successful implementation of a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus program effective Fall 2017.

The plan to identify cessation resources for students, faculty and staff is underway. Evaluation activities are in progress, including a recent campus-wide survey, which established a baseline of tobacco-related behaviors, exposure and attitudes.

“We will be focusing our attention on educating the campus community about the upcoming 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus program. We will be planning monthly educational events and promoting the program through a variety of channels.”

TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by helping colleges and universities achieve 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the country. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, only 1,427 college campuses are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

“Through support from the CVS Health Foundation, we are excited to advance the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campuses 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and director of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among America’s college students.”

This TFCGI grant announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout, an intervention effort to encourage smokers to quit for a day, quit for good or make a plan to quit.

CSUSM will also be hosting an on-campus event during U-Hour on Thursday, Nov. 17 featuring X Games athletes, educational tables and free food to encourage the campus community to learn more about the changes and new program. This event is not open to the public. Any media wishing to attend should contact Whitney Frasier at 760-566-4213.

Event Information:

What: Change is in the Air

When: Thursday, Nov. 17 from noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Kellogg Plaza

Directions and parking: CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit http://www.csusm.edu/guide. Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit in any general parking lot utilizing the daily permit machines.

Source: CSUSM

 

Nov 14

California undermines Big Tobacco, raising the cigarette tax by $2 in the state

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California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by US$2 a pack (with increases in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products). This is the first increase in cigarette taxes in California in 18 years.

The money will fund health care for poor people and reinvigorate California’s tobacco control program.

Economists project that the effect of the price increase alone will cut smoking prevalence from today’s 9.4 percent to 7.1 percent in 2020; the fact that Prop 56 quadruples the funding for the state’s aggressive tobacco control program will make that effect even bigger.

The drop in smoking due to Prop 56 is so large that it will save California families, taxpayers and businesses $1 billion a year in health costs starting next year.

It will also cost Big Tobacco $250 million a year in lost sales, which is why they fought it so hard.

Indeed, by pushing smoking down to such a low level, the behavior may simply collapse, making California the first place to reach former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop’s vision of a smoke-free society.

Proof of principle: We can end the tobacco epidemic

Such an accomplishment will demonstrate that we can, indeed, get rid of tobacco as a public health problem without adopting the industry’s phony “harm reduction” strategies. We don’t need their e-cigarettes, which are presented as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, when, in fact, they extend and protect the cigarette market by attracting youth and young adults and deterring quitting for most, but not all, adult smokers. It also shows that we don’t need new gimmicks like Philip Morris’ “heat not burn” products that are being test-marketed.

Just as the model of increasing tobacco taxes to fund tobacco control programs spread when California voters passed Proposition 99 in 1988, Prop 56 will be a model for the rest of the U.S. and the world.

A hard-fought victory

The 63 percent “yes” vote was hard-fought. Big Tobacco blocked 34 attempts in the Legislature and defeated two previous ballot initiatives to raise the tax, one in 2006 and another in 2012. Tobacco giants Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds and a few other tobacco interests spent $71 million on a disingenuous campaign that urged a “no” vote in part because Prop 56 didn’t put enough money into fighting smoking.

Voters saw through these claims in part because, after a rocky start, tax proponents took on and discredited Big Tobacco’s claims in an adequately funded campaign that raised $36 million to defend the tax.

Comic Kathy Griffin even had to create her own YouTube video to let people know that the “white lady gardening” urging a “no” vote was really Big Tobacco.

While the tobacco companies spent twice as much as the health groups, health spent enough to get the truth out.

Lesson learned: It costs ‘enough’ to beat Big Tobacco

Big Tobacco killed similar tax proposals in Colorado ($1.75 a pack; 46 percent yes) and North Dakota (44 cents; 45 percent) by outspending proponents by a factor of six.

The lesson: You don’t have to spend as much as the tobacco industry, but you need enough money to get your message out.

There were also two bizarre competing initiatives in Missouri – the state with the lowest tobacco tax – supported by tobacco interests, one by RJ Reynolds to preempt meaningful increases that funded tobacco control programs and hit small producers and another from the Missouri Petroleum Association and the Convenience Stores Association to undo the first one.

Health groups opposed both, and voters wisely defeated them, with 63 percent and 55 percent voting “no.”

Just as progress is being made in one smoking problem, another is emerging: commercialized marijuana.

A combination of public concern about the inequities created by the failed war on drugs and well-financed campaigns (totaling $41 million for recreational and $8 million for medical versus opponents’ $14 million and $3 million) led to passage of recreational marijuana in three – and maybe four – states on Tuesday.

California (56 percent yes), Maine (50.36, still too close to call), Massachusetts (54 percent) and Nevada (54 percent) all legalized recreational marijuana. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota passed more limited medical marijuana.

At the same time legalization reduces the criminal justice problem created by the war on drugs, it is creating a public health problem. The marijuana initiatives prioritize business over public health by codifying alcohol policies designed to promote business rather than tobacco control policies designed to minimize demand.

Indeed, the tobacco industry seriously considered getting into the marijuana business in the 1960s and 1970s and could do it in a second. They have the technology to design products to maximize use and the marketing prowess to maximize profits. And if they don’t do it, other corporate players will soon be doing the same thing. Indeed, the growth potential for the new marijuana business explains much of the money supporting these initiatives.

As tobacco use continues to fall and marijuana use increases, the evidence that marijuana causes cancer, heart disease and other problems will grow.

At some point, as the public realizes that the right way to legalize marijuana would be to do so with marijuana tax-funded demand reduction programs as we now do with tobacco, we can expect more battles with the new rich marijuana industry like Proposition 56.

Source: SALON

Nov 14

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure a risk factor for coronary atherosclerosis

Headline , Tobacco

NEW ORLEANS — A new study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions strengthens the association between the extent of coronary atherosclerosis and the level of secondhand smoke exposure.

Researchers issued a questionnaire to 268 never-smokers aged 40 to 80 years to assess risk factors and extent of lifetime secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, providing a total secondhand tobacco smoke score.

To determine ordinal coronary artery calcium scores, low-dose non-gated CT scans were used, followed by CT angiography.

Harvey Hecht, MD, from the division of cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presented the findings, which were simultaneously published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

“The extent and importance of secondhand tobacco smoke [exposure] as a major global health issue cannot be overestimated,” Hecht and colleagues wrote in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. “Increasing awareness of the heavy toll exacted by secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, particularly [CV], has resulted in more intensive investigation of the accompanying atherosclerosis, particularly that detectable in early stages by noninvasive modalities.”

Hecht and colleagues analyzed the prevalence, extent and plaque characteristics of atherosclerosis to determine the independent contribution of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure after adjustment for known risk factors.

Coronary atherosclerosis was observed in 48% of patients, and was more prevalent in those with low to moderate secondhand tobacco smoke exposure (48%) and high exposure (69%) compared with minimal exposure (25%; P < .0001).

Compared minimal secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, the odds of developing atherosclerosis were higher among those with low to moderate exposure (OR = 2.1; 95% CI, 1-4.4) and high exposure (OR = 3.5; 95% CI, 1.4-8.5). The researchers did not find a significant relationship between atherosclerosis and diabetes (P = .56), hyperlipidemia (P = .11), hypertension (P = .65) or renal disease (P = .24).

As exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke exposure increased, any plaque or stenosis in a major vessel was more prevalent (minimal exposure, 14%; low to moderate exposure, 41%; high exposure, 45%; P = .0013) as were the odds of five or more involved segments (minimal exposure, 0%; low to moderate exposure, 39%; high exposure, 61%; P = .0001), Hecht and colleagues reported. The researchers noted that the effect of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure was more pronounced in those with calcification or partial calcification compared with no calcification.

“Although the study sample size is modest; the initial insights are astounding,” Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, from Baptist Health South Florida, Florida International University and the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and Jaideep Patel, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, wrote in a related editorial published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. “The results of this study demonstrated a powerful graded linear relationship between the severity of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and the presence and severity of coronary artery plaque that overcomes any lingering doubt about the deleterious impact of secondhand tobacco smoke.”

According to Nasir and Patel, the results of this trial provide an opportunity to publicly discuss the potentially fatal coronary effects of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, provide policy makers with evidence to work toward implementing smoke-free laws, promote discussion amongst stakeholders to incorporate universal secondhand tobacco smoke exposure screenings in primary care practice, and can provide incentive to assess the link between atherosclerotic disease and secondhand smoke in population-based studies. – by Dave Quaile

Source: Healio

 

Nov 14

LIVE WELL: The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages tobacco users to take the Great American Smokeout Challenge

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Tobacco users are encouraged to participate in the Great American Smokeout (GASO) challenge Thursday and experience the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle, if only for a day. GASO is an annual event that supports a day-long cessation effort, which can be the first step toward a healthier life.

GASO is the perfect time to learn more about the Helpline and get tips and tools that can help you quit tobacco your way. Many people plan a quit date around the New Year, and this is a great time to try out a mini-quit or just think about beginning your tobacco-free journey. The Helpline offers nonjudgmental support to anyone thinking about quitting, whether it’s for one day during GASO or if you’re ready to quit for good.

“I called the helpline, and they sent me patches,” said Marilyn, an Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline user from Muskogee. “It’s hard. Trust me. But if you really want to quit, you can do it no matter what!

Keep your faith, stand your ground and don’t give in. After quitting, my tastes buds have changed, my breathing is better, and my sense of smell is a lot stronger than before. Just amazing how your body changes once you stop smoking.”

According to the American Cancer Society, after just 20 minutes of being tobacco free, blood pressure decreases and pulse rates drop. Within 24 hours of quitting, the chance of a heart attack decreases. Within one year of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is lowered to half that of a tobacco user. Plus, annual savings could total nearly $2,700 by not purchasing tobacco products.

For many tobacco users, quitting – even for just a day – can feel impossible. But by quitting for an hour here and there, they can build up endurance. As hours, days and even weeks add up, quitting goes from feeling impossible to something quite possible.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, provides FREE services to help tobacco users quit their own way.

These services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more for registered participants. Registrants can talk to personal Quit Coaches about their individual needs, choose from a variety of services and get started on the path toward a tobacco-free life.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to quitting tobacco. However, the Helpline’s evaluation results show that those who work with a Quit Coach and use the full range of services available have the best chance of quitting. The Helpline supports tobacco users even if they’re just thinking about quitting.

To celebrate GASO locally, University Health Services at OSU and the Payne County TSET Healthy Living Program have partnered to put on the third annual Gobble Wobble which will take place Friday.

This event includes a mile walk that will begin at 12:10 and end at approximately 12:50. The walk starts and stops on the south side of the Classroom Building and a free cold turkey lunch will be provided to the first 100 participants.

You can register for free here: https://uhs.okstate.edu/content/GWWregForm or by calling the University Health Services Health Education office at 405-744-4212.

To learn more about the services offered by the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and to speak with professional Quit Coaches, call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com.

Connect with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram. Find more quitting tips at http://okhelpline.com/start-small-finish-big/.

Katelyn McAdams is a TSET Healthy Living Program Specialist.

Source: Stillwater News Press