How Does Tobacco Use Impact Your Academic Performance?

October 27, 2015

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How Tobacco Use Could Hinder Your Academic Performance as a College Student

College can be an overwhelming experience for many, and everyone copes with stress differently. Although tobacco use is not as common as it was in the past, many young students still use tobacco for various reasons.

Throughout the years, tobacco use in the United States has greatly decreased because U.S. citizens have become very aware of how life threatening it can be. According to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tobacco use can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure. It can even contribute to the development of over sixteen types of cancer.

Tobacco use can cause more than just medical complications down the road. Everyday use of tobacco can negatively impact your most important role: being a successful student.

According to the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium:

  1. “College students who smoke have higher rates of respiratory infections and asthma as well as a higher incidence of bacterial meningitis, especially among freshman living in dorms.” Having a serious health complication in college could prevent students from being able to do their best in school.
  2. College students who use tobacco are shown to have lower GPA’s than those who do not use tobacco.

Want to quit? There are lots of resources available. You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or explore the many options provided by UNH Health Services.

To learn more about what UNH is doing to prevent tobacco use on campus, check out the many resources that Healthy UNH offers. You can also take a look at our other Healthy UNH Blogs related to tobacco.

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