Why UNH Students Should Quit Smoking

March 5, 2015

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According to the American Lung Association, Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women. Smoking related disease claims approximately 443,000 American lives each year.” It is time for you to kick this deadly habit.

This week, I had the opportunity to talk to a student smoker, who had a powerful message for the UNH campus. “Don’t ever start smoking. It consumes your life. A cigarette is what you think about before you even get out of bed in the morning. It is what makes you lose focus during class and work.” Whether you have been smoking for six years, or six months it is time to put out those cancer sticks.

A Few Reasons to Live a Smoke Free Life:

  1. Its one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and quality of life.
  2. You could be saving at least $1,800 a year! Use that money for a vacation or put it towards your student loans!
  3. Your breath, hands and clothes won’t stink of smoke
  4. You won’t spend time thinking about your next cigarette break
  5. You will not be exposing friends and family to secondhand smoke

Everyone has the strength to quit smoking, and the chance to inspire someone else to start his or her journey to a smoke free life. National Kick Butts Day is on March 18, 2015, which invites the people across the United States to “Stand out, Speak up and Seize control against Big Tobacco.”

Health Services offers tobacco cessations and programs to UNH students including:

  • Individual Education/Counseling
  • Free Quit Kits
  • Acupuncture and Hypnosis

Also check out the American Cancer Association webpage for great quitting resources, and call the NH Tobacco Helpline!

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