The University of Oklahoma Norman campus joins the HSC and Tulsa campuses to become tobacco-free on July 1. Click here to review the OU Tobacco-Free policy (http://hr.ou.edu/policies/tobaccofreesummary.asp). The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing its students, employees, and visitors with a healthy, clean, and safe place to work, live, and learn. A tobacco-free campus protects everyone from the health dangers related to secondhand smoke and is in compliance with Governor Fallin’s recent executive order.
Community Suggestions - Enforcement of this policy is an ongoing process that involves community awareness and cooperation. Certain areas on campus may need more resources to increase compliance with the OU tobacco-free policy. If you know of such areas, please email your comments to BreatheEasy@ou.edu.
Enroll in a Tobacco Cessation Class Today
Make a commitment to quit smoking or using tobacco forever by enrolling in a free class based on the QuitSmart program. Classes are open to all OU students, faculty, and staff. The class is designed to help smokers and tobacco users to break the addiction while making healthy, long-term, lifestyle changes.
All classes are held in the Goddard Health Center Seminar Room
To register for a class, please call Health Promotion at (405) 325-4611 ext. 41777.
Below is a list of other resources to aid in the tobacco cessation process.
Oklahoma's Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW, free patches, gum and nicotine replacement.
Freedom From Smoking Online Programming Now Available!
Tobacco is a killer.
Tobacco kills about 6,000 Oklahomans each year. It is our leading cause of preventable death, killing more Oklahomans than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders, and illegal drugs combined.
Tobacco costs all of us a lot of money.
Tobacco use cost Oklahomans over $2 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity every year, or an average of about $600 per person.
Tobacco use is epidemic.
Over 600,000 adult Oklahomans, about one in four, currently use tobacco.
Why Should You Quit Tobacco Usage?
Health concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting smoking. This is a very real concern: Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. In the U.S. alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, and about 8.6 million people suffer from smoking-related lung and heart diseases.
What are the health benefits when smokers quit?
- 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
- 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
Smoking and tobacco use is expensive. You can use our smoking calculator to figure out how much you spend on smoking or tobacco products. The amount may surprise you. See our smoking cost calculator.
Smoking is less socially acceptable now than ever. Friends may ask you not to smoke in their homes or cars. Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events are largely smoke-free. More and more communities are restricting smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Smokers may also find their prospects for dating or romantic involvement are largely limited to other smokers, who make upless than 21% of the adult population. Landlords may choose not to rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers live in buildings.
Smoking not only harms your health but it hurts the health of those around you. Click here for more information on second-hand smoke.
If you have children, nieces and nephews, or younger siblings, you probably want to set a good example for them. When asked, nearly all smokers say they don't want their children to smoke. But children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking themselves. You can become a good role model for them by quitting now.
Other great reasons to quit!
- Your breath smells better
- Stained teeth get whiter
- Bad smelling clothes and hair go away
- Your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear
- Food tastes better
- Your sense of smell returns to normal
Source: American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)
The new toll-free number for the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). The Helpline is designed to assist Oklahomans who have a desire to quit smoking or using other tobacco products.