The Great American Smokeout

November 20, 2013

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Grant Cochrane

The Great American Smokeout is a national event held on the third Thursday of November each year. It is an event to raise awareness of the negative health consequences of smoking. People can use this day as a day to quit smoking. The UNH Campus has celebrated this day for more than 15 years. This year it will fall on November 21st. The event is put on by Health Services and S.A.F.E. (Substance Awareness through Functional Education) peer educators. These peer educators will be tabling at the MUB to provide more information and quit kits to students. These quit kits will also be available at Health Services.  They include information on how to quit and items to help with cravings. S.A.F.E. will also be chalking 20 feet around buildings to indicate how far smokers need to be from these buildings, according to the UNH policy.  In addition, an online petition is being circulated in effort to make UNH a smoke-free campus.

For students that have decided to quit smoking, Health Services provides many different support services. Some of these services include counseling, meditation therapy, acupuncture, and hypnosis. There are also support groups of students trying to quit smoking. The Health Services website is a great resource for information all about tobacco use and how to quit. 

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