Health Topics

Smoking Cessation

If you smoke, quitting is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and lower your risk of smoking-related health problems. Here are some resources to help you get started:

Are you Thinking about Quitting?

Download this helpful Smoking Cessation Blue Hand-out. (PDF)

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Are you Ready to Take Action and Stop Smoking?

Download this helpful Smoking Cessation Red Hand-out. (PDF)

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Facts About Tobacco Use Among College Students

From 1993 to 1997, the prevalence of current (30-day) cigarette smoking rose by 27.8% in the college population. (Wechsler et al, 1998)

  • 28.5% of college students are current smokers. (Ibid.)
  • 28% of college smokers began to smoke regularly at or after age 19, at which point most were already in college. (Ibid.)
  • Half of the current college smokers had tried unsuccessfully to quit in the previous year. (Ibid.)
  • Tobacco companies have recently shifted their marketing strategies to target college students. (Adler et all, 2000)
  • Cigarettes are the tobacco product of choice for college students. (Rigotti et al, 2000)
  • College students are occasional cigar smokers. Less than 1% of current (past 30-day) cigar users smoked them daily. Currently, 8.5% of college smokers smoke cigars. (Ibid.)
  • Cigar smoking is more popular among students who consider fraternities, sororities, and attending sporting events important. (Ibid.)
  • Students’ perception of peer smoking is higher than the actual rate. For example, a survey conducted at the University of Washington showed that students thought that 94.4% of the student body smoked. In reality, only 34.4% of the student body smoked. (University of Washington, 1999)

REFERENCES:

Adler RK, Lewis MJ, Slade JD. Tobacco Marketing to the College Aged Population: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. Boston, MA: American Public Health Association Conference Presentation. November 15, 2000.

Rigotti NA, Lee JE, Wechsler H. US College Students’ Use of Tobacco Products: Results of a National Survey. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2000; 284:699-705.

Wechsler H, Rigotti NA, Gledhill-Hoyt J, Lee H. Increased levels of cigarette use among college students: a cause for national concern. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998; 280:1673-1678.

University of Washington Student Affairs Office, Student Life and Substance Abuse Survey, 1999.

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National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines

Phone: 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)   TTY 1-800-332-8615

The toll-free numbers are single access points to the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Callers are automatically routed to a state-run quitline, if one exists in their area. If there is no state-run quitline, callers are routed to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) quitline, where they may receive:

  • Help with quitting smoking
  • Informational materials mailed to you
  • Referrals to other resources

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Dallas Nicotine Anonymous Meetings

Location: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 3200 Inwood Road, Dallas TX 75220
Phone: 214-691-4721
Website: http://www.llumc.org/tsm/grp.shtml

Nicotine Anonymous Group
Sunday 7:00 - 8:30 pm CSD3
Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 pm CSD3
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm CSD3
Saturday 12:00 - 1:30 pm CSD3

Nicotine Anonymous Step Study

Sunday

5:45 - 6:45 pm

CSD5

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