Fact: Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. There are more than one billion smokers in the world!
Giving Students a Freshstart
Student Health Promotion uses the American Cancer Society Freshstart Program to assist students in tobacco cessation. The Freshstart program is designed to help smokers quit smoking and develop coping skills to combat the psychological and physical side effects of smoking cessation. This straightforward, upbeat program is intended to stress the positives of the smoking cessation experience, such as the reasons and the benefits of quitting, while honestly exploring the very real, unpleasant feelings that are a part of addiction to nicotine. Freshstart focuses on an active, pragmatic approach to quitting smoking with each participant directing his or her own efforts to quit.
To schedule an appointment for tobacco cessation, contact Student Health Promotion at 404-413-1577.
Benefits of Quitting
Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks.
- Just one year after quitting smoking, the risk for a heart attack drops sharply.
- Within two to five years after quitting smoking, the risk for a stroke could fall to about the same as a nonsmoker’s.
- Within five years after quitting smoking, the risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder drop by half.
- Ten years after you quit smoking, the risk for lung cancer drops by half.
Free Mobile Apps to Help You Quit
Where’s your cell phone? Is it next to you? Grab it! Did you know there are now apps and resources on your phone that help support you on your journey to quitting tobacco? Try one of these today!
|QuitSTART is another free smartphone app that can help track cravings and moods, monitor progress toward achieving smoke free milestones, identify smoking triggers and upload personalized pick-me-ups and reminders to use during challenging times to help individuals successfully become and stay smoke free. It was created with young adults in mind. This app is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.|
|QuitGuide is a free application written by tobacco control professionals and cessation counselors with the help of ex-smokers and experts. This app is designed to help individuals prepare to quit smoking and support them in the days and weeks after they quit. This app is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.|
|QuitNow! offers real time stats to help individuals cope with anxiety: The time (days, hours, minutes) since the last cigarette of their life, how many cigarettes they have avoided and money and time they have saved. Also, QuitNow! provides World Health Organization based indicators on their health improvement process. This app is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.|