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Be Tobacco Free

Breathe in Good Air

Since 1612, when Pocahantas’ husband John Rolfe became the first European American to grow it, tobacco has been a habit of many Americans. However, today in 2012, as UofM Tigers enter its new century, the UofM’s Memphis Healthy U initiative seeks to promote a healthier campus environment for its students, staff faculty and visitors.

When it comes to tobacco use, the UofM community is already becoming a health conscious campus in which the majority of students, faculty and staff do not smoke or use tobacco products. The CORE Survey (2006 – 2011) shows that actual reported tobacco use among students has declined on campus from 33% in 2006 to 11.4% in 2011. That’s 88.6% of UofM students are tobacco free. National average according to a 2011 American College of Health Association (ACHA) of non-smokers is 85% and of non-users of smokeless tobacco is 96%.

It was March of 2010 when the UofM Student Government Association began its drive for and ultimately passed a resolution to make UofM a limited tobacco use campus. This resolution was presented to the Faculty and Staff Senates which passed similar resolutions. In October 2012,the UofM joined more than 776 U.S. Colleges and Universities that have some limited tobacco use and/or smoke-free policies. Visit www.memphis.edu/tobacco for more information on the UofM’s Limited Tobacco Use policy.

Tobacco Use vs. Your Health and Your Fellow Tigers

Since the first Surgeon General’s report on tobacco in 1964, we know significantly more about the effects of tobacco. We know that tobacco use of any kind, active or passive, is a significant health hazard (ACHA). Environmental tobacco smoke is classifies as a Class-A carcinogen, with no safe level of exposure.

Man, what are you smoking?
Smoking tobacco causes:
Heart Disease
Lung Diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction)
Premature birth, low birth weight, still birth and infant death

Did you know that smokers have lower grade point averages (GPA) than nonsmokers?
Harvard College Alcohol Study found that smokers are 27% less likely than nonsmokers to have an above B grade average (Riggotti, 2000).

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. your fellow Tiger, family and friends

Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), or “second-hand” smoke contains higher concentrations of ammonia, benzene, nicotine and carbon monoxide than the mainstream smoke that smokers inhale (Brownson, 1997).

Secondhand exposure to smoke can cause:
Heart disease
Lung cancer
Severe asthma attacks
Respiratory infections
Ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SID)

Chew on this fact
Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, gums, periodontitis and tooth loss.
Cigar use causes cancer of the larynx, mouth, esophagus and lung.

With a Little Help from Your Friends, You Can Quit.

If you haven’t started don’t. It is commonly known that if a person does not begin smoking by age 24, they will more likely never smoke.

If you have started, know that it is never too late to quit. Tobacco use is addictive, but not impossible to overcome. You just need a little help from your friends. Here are just a few of the on- and off-campus resources that you should take advantage of to help you kick the tobacco habit.

Quitting Can Be Easier with a Little Support.

Want to quit? Remember you are not alone. Memphis Healthy U wants you to know that there are many on- and off-site tobacco cessation resources at your disposal. Look at the myriad of ways you can get the support you need to kick the tobacco habit.


  • Student Health Services
    • Behavior Change Counseling
    • Free for students!
    • Located on campus at 200 Hudson Health Center
    • Hours: by appointment or walk-in as available
    • 901.678.1141
  • Psychological Services Center
    • Behavior Change Counseling
    • Fee based on sliding scale starting at $7
    • Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Located in the Psychology Building, Room 126
    • 901.678.2147
  • HR – Services for Faculty and Staff
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS): 1.800.558.6213
  • CIGNA: 1.800.244.6224 Behavior Change Counseling

    For Faculty or Staff not covered through UofM for health care
  • Utilize the free services of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP through State of Tennessee:
    1.855.Here4TN (1.855.437.3486), or by going online to www.Here4TN.com.


  • TARGIT Study – a research study for smokers ready to quit
    • Must be between 18-35
    • Eligible participants will receive free nicotine patches and smoking cessation counseling.
    • For more information call 901.448.STOP (448.7867) or targitstudy.org
  • Church Health Center – Commit to Quit
    • Smoking cessation group
    • Meets for 1 hour a week for 6 weeks
    • To sign up call 901.259.4673
    • Free for Members of the Church Health Center, $60 for non-members


  • iCanQuit
    • Personalized tobacco cessation program
    • Can be done online or over the phone
    • Free for TN residents. Receive a tobacco quit kit, work with a coach, get support for cravings
    • Call 1.800.784.8669 or http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.htm