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Concord University Tobacco Free Generation College Initiative

The Concord University Tobacco Free College Initiative (TFGCI) called “Let’s CU Quit” is a partnership between Concord University, The American Cancer Society, CVS Health, and The Truth Initiative to build a healthier community by reducing smoking and tobacco use, which remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. With the support of these three organizations, Concord University is moving toward a 100% smoke-and tobacco-free environment. College is a time when young adults are susceptible to developing or perpetuating an addiction to nicotine and tobacco. The initiative will enable the University to reduce tobacco use among college students and therefore reduce the number of people impacted by tobacco-related diseases. Through student involvement and campus-wide partnerships in the implementation of programs to increase awareness and support for a tobacco-free campus, and the provision of smoking cessation and quitting incentive resources, the TFGCI plans to make Concord University 100% smoke and tobacco free by the year 2020.

Below are some images from the last CU Kick Butts Day, including the winners!
 
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Why is a 100% tobacco-free campus so important? (History/Context of Policy)

Each year in the United States, cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths, including approximately 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure among non-smoking adults. In fact, smoking related illnesses are currently the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. The vast majority of Concord Students hail from the state of West Virginia which has some of the highest rates of smoking in the entire country. In 2016, 24.8 percent of adults in West Virginia smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1 percent. In 2017, 14.4 percent of high school students in West Virginia smoked on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8 percent. Even though the state of West Virginia received $332 Million (estimated) in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2018, the state allocated $0 state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2018 and did not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.

Smoke-free policies protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure, reduce the social acceptability of smoking, help in preventing youth and young adult smoking initiation, and increase smokers’ efforts to quit smoking. Given that 99% of adult cigarette smokers first start smoking before age 26 years and many smokers transition to regular, daily use during young adulthood, colleges and universities represent an important venue for protecting students, faculty, staff members, and guests from secondhand smoke exposure through tobacco control policies. An integral part of Concord’s mission is the commitment to social responsibility, including community service and civic engagement, and the cultivation of and support for attitudes and practices that foster physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Making Concord a 100% tobacco-free campus is a natural extension of the University’s mission and is one of the best ways that the University can serve students and the community.

Sources:
The Truth Initiative (2018). Fact Sheet: Tobacco Use in West Virginia 2018. Retrieved from https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/smoking-region/tobacco-use-west-virginia-2018

Please visit the following links for more information on the benefits, successful development and implementation, and a model example of a 100% tobacco-free University policy:
Let's CU Quit Smoking! (Tobacco Cessation)
 
  • Smoking Cessation for Students

    • What is Freshstart?


      Freshstart is a smoking cessation program created by the American Cancer Society based in part on the Transtheoretical Model and The Stages of Change. The program is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support.
       

      How Does It Work?


      Freshstart incorporates the most current guidelines for tobacco cessation support into face-to-face group support sessions. Program participants choose a combination of techniques and cessation information, activities, and discussion. The evidence-based components of Freshstart include:
       
      • Motivational intervention activities
      • Practical counseling (problem solving skills)
      • Social support
      • Education about medication and approaches to quitting


      The program consists of four classes that guide smokers in their quit attempt. The classes meet once a week for four weeks and then those that complete the program have the option of joining a support group that also meets on campus at various days and times.

      Each class focuses on the following stages of change:
       
      • Contemplation - Deciding to Quit
      • Preperation - Planning to Quit
      • Action - Choosing a Quit Day and Quitting
      • Maintenance - Staying Quit


      The program is free to everyone who wants to participate and all class materials, including the Freshstart Participant's Guide, are provided.

      Days, times, and locations for the classes will be announced on this site, the faculty/staff and student list serves, the Concord Intranet, on our Facebook Group Page - "Concord University Recreation & Wellness," and posters will be put up around campus.

      Interested participants are encouraged to email Chris Smallwood at smallwood@concord.edu prior to the first session but can also just attend the first session in order to join the class. All participants must attend the first session to join the class.

      All participants are required to attend all sessions and complete all homework assignments in order to successfully finish the program and receive a certificate of completion.
       

      Class Schedule and Location


      TBA

    • Freedom from Smoking Program -  https://www.freedomfromsmoking.org/
    • WV Quitline -  https://wvtobaccoquitline.com/
    • CVS Student Discounts for Nicotine Replacement Therapy

  • Smoking Cessation for Employees

    • What is Freshstart?


      Freshstart is a smoking cessation program created by the American Cancer Society based in part on the Transtheoretical Model and The Stages of Change. The program is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support.
       

      How Does It Work?


      Freshstart incorporates the most current guidelines for tobacco cessation support into face-to-face group support sessions. Program participants choose a combination of techniques and cessation information, activities, and discussion. The evidence-based components of Freshstart include:
       
      • Motivational intervention activities
      • Practical counseling (problem solving skills)
      • Social support
      • Education about medication and approaches to quitting


      The program consists of four classes that guide smokers in their quit attempt. The classes meet once a week for four weeks and then those that complete the program have the option of joining a support group that also meets on campus at various days and times.

      Each class focuses on the following stages of change:
       
      • Contemplation - Deciding to Quit
      • Preperation - Planning to Quit
      • Action - Choosing a Quit Day and Quitting
      • Maintenance - Staying Quit


      The program is free to everyone who wants to participate and all class materials, including the Freshstart Participant's Guide, are provided.

      Days, times, and locations for the classes will be announced on this site, the faculty/staff and student list serves, the Concord Intranet, on our Facebook Group Page - "Concord University Recreation & Wellness," and posters will be put up around campus.

      Interested participants are encouraged to email Chris Smallwood at smallwood@concord.edu prior to the first session but can also just attend the first session in order to join the class. All participants must attend the first session to join the class.

      All participants are required to attend all sessions and complete all homework assignments in order to successfully finish the program and receive a certificate of completion.
       

      Class Schedule and Location


      TBA

    • Freedom from Smoking Programhttps://www.freedomfromsmoking.org/
    • WV Quitlinehttps://wvtobaccoquitline.com/
    • PEIA Tobacco Cessation and Benefits - https://peia.wv.gov/wellness_tools/Pages/Tobacco-Cessation-Program.aspx

  • CU Counseling Center
    • 1 on 1 Counseling
    • Clinical Referrals

    • Too busy to join a smoking cessation group on campus but still need help quitting? The help you need can be found in the palm of your hand! The following apps are fun to use and can help make quitting a little easier by offering convenient virtual support when those cravings come knocking.
    • My Quit Coach
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      iPhone rating:  4.4 stars
      Price: Free with in-app Purchases
      The physician-approved MyQuit Coach app creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking for good. Choose the approach that works best for you - going cold turkey or slowly decreasing your nicotine intake - and track your cigarette consumption and your cravings for proof that you really are making progress. The app's built-in community is a great place for inspiration and support from other people trying to quit.

    • Cessation Nation
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      Android rating: 4.5 Stars
      Price: Free
      Join a nation of other people working to quit smoking. When a craving strikes, open the app and find distraction in a game or your personal stats, which include how long it's been since you stopped smoking, how much money you've saved, how many cigarettes you've avoided, and all the health improvements you've made since quitting.

    • QuitNow!
      QuitNow!.png
      iPhone rating: 4.6 stars
      Android rating: 4.3 stars
      Price: Free with in-app purchases
      QuitNow! makes quitting easier by helping you focus your energy into four sections - your new ex-smoker status, 70 ex-smoker achievements to keep you motivated, a strong ex-smoker community, and your newfound health improvements. Browse frequently asked questions or ask the QuitNow! bot questions of your own.

    • Smoke Free
      QuitNow!.png
      iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
      Android rating: 4.7 stars
      Price: Free with in-app purchases
      This app takes a science-backed approach with more than 20 evidence-based techniques to help you quit smoking for good. Log your cravings and get tips for managing them, plus insights into craving patterns and graphs to monitor your overall progression. You also have the option of participating in a rigorous scientific experiment that will help more people quit smoking successfully.

    • Kwit
      QuitNow!.png
      iPhone rating: 4.6 stars
      Android rating: 4 stars
      Price: Free with in-app purchases
      Quit smoking with a variety of game techniques and thinking designed to help you approach this process differently. Access personal statistics to see your own progress and unlock 84 achievements along the way, all while trying to become the ultimate Kwitter.

    • Get Rich or Die Smoking
      QuitNow!.png
      Android rating: 4.6 stars
      Price: Free with in-app purchases
      Need proof that quitting smoking will be good for your wallet and your health? Get Rich or Die Smoking offers a sophisticated reward system to show you all the things you can afford as an ex-smoker. The health tab tracks the positive effects on your health, which begin as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette. Unlock achievements the longer you resist cravings, and move closer to your goal of quitting for good.

    • My Last Cigarette
      QuitNow!.png
      iPhone rating: 4.6 stars
      Price: Free
      Find motivation to quit with this app's behind-the-scenes look at your own health improvements. Check out your expected lifespan increase, improvements in your circulatory and lung function, changes in your risk of heart attack and lung cancer, and much more. With over ten readouts keeping you informed and motivated, My Last Cigarette has helped thousands of people quit smoking.

    • Quit It Lite
      QuitNow!.png
      iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
      Price: Free
      This tidy little app is big on motivation, supporting and encouraging smokers to quit their bad habit. The app keeps tracks of all the cigarettes you didn't smoke and all the money you're saving, while also showing your specific health benefits. Unlock achievements to track your progress, and get a snapshot look at how long you've gone since your last cigarette.

  • Tips from Former Smokers - https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/videos/index.html

  • Nicotine Addiction Support Groups
Special Events
 
  • CU Kick Butts Day
  • Town Social
  • Student Org Fair
  • Health Fair
  • Great American Smoke Out
How can I get involved and help?/Obtain Course Credit
 
  • Student Peer Group and Ambassador Program
  • Volunteer
  • Obtain Course Credit


    • The mission of Concord University is to provide quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly and creative activities and to serve the regional community (http://www.concord.edu/academics/).
       

      Course Prefix, Number and Title: H ED 330 Health Educatino Seminar: Health and Wellness Service Learning


      Course CRN #10770 Section 01
      Semester Taught: Fall 2019 Professor: Jill A. Nolan
      Credit Hours: 1 Office Location: 301H Carter Center
      Prerequisites: none Office Hours: MTWR 9:45-11:00
      Course Time: M 4-5 Email: jnolan@concord.edu
      Building and Room Number: Carter Center 402 Phone: 304-384-6327
      Office Fax: 304-384-5117
      College/Department Website: Click Here

       
      Course Description/Rationale: This is an activity based course where students will gain experience in health and wellness initiatives on campus. Initiatives will include: 1) Smoke-free campus activities; 2) Health and Wellness programming; 3) Sexual Assault prevention and Bystander awareness

      Course Management System: blackboard

      Hardware/Software Needed: You must be able to access Blackboard at elearn.concord.edu. You must also be able to create written documents in Microsoft Word compatible format.

      Text requirements: None

      Concord University Educational Goal(s)

      Skills:
      • An ability to employ appropriate obervational, logical, analytical, computational, creative, and critical thinking skills within and across academic disciplines; and to apply these skill in problem solving.

        Specific Learning Outcomes

        By the end of the course, the student will:
      • Complete 16 direct hours of service learning in wellness initiatives on campus
      • Collaborate and demonstrate leadership in a learning service project on campus


      Course Requirements

      Students must participate in 16 hours of direct service learning on campus. This will include participation in smoke free campus initiatives, health and wellness initiatives, and/or sexual assault awareness initiatives.

      Students will also take a leadership role in planning and implementation of a project on campus. Projects will be selected and assigned the first two weeks of class.

      The course will only meet a few times throughout the semester, since the bulk of the work for the class will be direct service learning hours.

      Students will be expected to be connected in the course through blackboard.

      Grading Policy and Scale, Make-up Policy, Late Work
      90-100 A
      80-89 B
      70-79 C
      60-69 D
      0-59 G

      Late work is subject to a 20% grade deduction. You must notify the instructor if your work will be late. Acceptance of late work is at the discretion of the instructor.


      Final Grade determination:

      Completion of:
      • 16 service learning hours
      • Leadership role on wellness project


      Course schedule:

      TBD

      Accessibility/Accommodations:


      Concord University is committed to responding to the needs of students with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please inform your instructor at the beginning of the class semester if you have a disability and are requesting accommodations. It is your responsibility to self-disclose that you are requesting accommodations. The University and instructor will provide you with a reasonable accommodation. You should register with CU’s Disability Services Office, located in the Athens campus Jerry and Jean Beasley Student Center, Bottom Floor, across from the Campus Post Office. The Disability Services Office phone is 304-384-6086 or you can email the Director, Nancy Ellison, at nellison@concord.edu for assistance.

      Academic Dishonesty

      Academic dishonesty is morally unacceptable as well as destructive to the learning and teaching atmosphere. Academic dishonesty includes giving or receiving of improper help on examinations or assignments, falsifying documents, and plagiarism (the act of stealing and using, as one's own, the ideas or the expression of the ideas of another). Such dishonesty can lead to a variety of penalties - including but not limited to failure of assignment, failure of course, loss of institutional privileges, or dismissal from the University. (See University Catalog Academic Policies and Procedures.)

      Concord University Honor Code

      A Concord University Honor Code was approved by students, staff, faculty, administration, and the CU Board of Governors. The Code states:

      "As a member of the Concord University Community I will act with honesty and integrity in accordance with our fundamental principles and I will respect myself and others while challenging them to do the same."

      The Honor Code is intended to unite the Concord community behind a culture of honesty, integrity, and civility.

      Class/Online Attendance Policy

      Regular class attendance is part of a student’s academic obligation at Concord. Irregular attendance may affect academic performance adversely and is detrimental to the atmosphere of a class. (See University Catalog Academic Policies and Procedures.)

      Emergency Alert System

      In an effort to increase safety and security on our campus, Concord University encourages everyone to register for instant text message alerts. Alerts will only be used for security and safety notices. All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive text message alerts on their cell phones or email alerts. Please contact the IT Help Desk for further assistance (304-384-5291).

      Emergency Information

      Emergency/courtesy telephones are located at the main entrance of each residence hall and at various other locations on campus. Emergency telephones can be identified by the flashing blue light and will provide the user with a direct link to Public Safety at the press of a button. To report an on-campus emergency, call 304-384-5357 or 911. The Office of Public Safety is located on the bottom floor of the Rahall Technology Center. For further emergency information go to: http://www.concord.edu/student-life/office-public-safety.

      Inclement Weather Policy

      As a general policy, the University will remain in normal operations during adverse weather conditions. In the event of severe weather conditions, the following may occur:
      • University Closure
        No students or employees are to report.
      • Classes Cancelled
        Students do NOT report BUT employees are expected to report to work at their normal time
      • Operating on an Inclement Weather Delay
        Under this schedule, all 8 a.m. classes will start at 10 a.m. Students and faculty will follow the Inclement Weather Schedule. (See https://www.concord.edu/inclement-weather-schedule for Athens/Beckley Inclement Weather Schedules.)

        *Announcements invoking the late schedule or other options referenced above are aired on area radio and television stations and are sent as text and email messages to those enrolled for this service.


      Student Conduct

      In classrooms, online, laboratories, and during any activities that are part of course requirements, students are expected to observe reasonable rules of conduct.

      Sexual Harassment & Assault

      Federal law, Title IX, and Concord University policy prohibits discrimination, harassment, and violence based on sex and gender (Including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation). If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can receive confidential counseling support through the Concord University Counseling Center (304-384-5290). Alleged Violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Concord University Title IX Coordinator at 304-384-6327 or titleix@concord.edu. Reports to Campus Security can be made at (304-384-5357). As an employee at Concord University, I am a mandatory reporter which means I must report any sexual misconduct I am made aware of. This includes verbal or written (such as in an assignment) disclosures of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

      Technology Services

      Contact the CU Help Desk at extension 5291 from campus or 304-384-5291 off campus. You may also e-mail cuhelpdesk@concord.edu.

      Syllabus Disclaimer

      "This syllabus is subject to change based on the needs of the class. Please check it regularly.
Additional Resources
 
  • Information on E-Cigarettes

    Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco. Nicotine in any form is a highly addictive drug.

    E-cigarettes are not an FDA-approved quit aid, and there is no conclusive scientific evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for long-term smoking cessation. It should be noted that there are seven FDA-approved quit aids that are proven safe and can be effective when used as directed.

    Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2017, June). Electronic Cigarettes. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-cigarettes
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). E-cigarette Basics. Retrieved from https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov
     
  • Learn the Facts About Quitting

    • Immediate rewards of quitting smoking:

    • Stained teeth get whiter
    • Breath smells better
    • Bad smell in clothes and hair go away
    • Yellow fingers and fingernails disappear
    • Food tastes better
    • Sense of smell returns to normal
    • Everyday activities (such as climbing stairs) no longer leave you out of breath
    • You can be in smoke-free buildings without having to go outside to smoke

    • Did you know?

    • 20 minutes after quitting: your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
    • 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.
    • 1 to 9 months after quitting: couging and shortness of breath decrease; cilia in the lungs regain normal function, increasing the ability to clean the lungs.
    • 1 year after quitting: the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker's.
    • 5 years after quitting: risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
    • 10 years after quitting: the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer to the larynch (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
    • 15 years after quitting: the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
    • These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

      Source: American Cancer Society. (2014, February 06). Guide to quitting smoking. Retrieved from 

 

  • Information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy

    Various smoking cessation aids have been proven to help individuals become tobacco-free. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a broad category that covers several products such as the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, lozenges, nasal spray, and inhalers. A more comprehensive overview of these products is provided during the Freedom From Smoking program.

    Please click the link for more information regarding NRT: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nicotine-dependence/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20202614

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a health advisory for healthcare professionals and individuals whom utilize Chantix® to quit smoking.
Tobacco Resource Links
 
CU TFGCI Task Force Members
 
  • Project Lead and Assessment Committee Chair:
    Chris Smallwood – Dir. Recreation & Wellness
  • Education & Cessation Committee Chair(s):
    Jill Nolan – Assc. Prof. Health Education/Promotion and Title IX Coordinator
    Marie Newcomb-Lewis – Concord Counselor
  • Campus Engagement Committee Chair:
    Krystle Land – Postal Worker Lead
  • Policy Committee Chair:
    Sarah Beasley – Vice President of Student Affairs & Student Dean
  • Member at Large:
    Kathy Ball – Director of Bonner Scholars Program
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