Quit Tobacco

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All three University of Oklahoma campuses are free of tobacco, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. Review OU's tobacco-free policy here. The university is committed to providing students, employees and visitors with a healthy, clean, and safe place to work, live, and learn. A tobacco-free campus protects everyone from the health dangers related to secondhand smoke, and is in compliance with the governor's executive order. 

Community Suggestions

Enforcing this policy is an ongoing process that involves community awareness and cooperation. Certain areas on campus may need more resources to increase compliance with the OU tobacco-free policy. If you know of such areas, please email your comments to BreatheEasy@ou.edu.
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Why Should I Quit Using Tobacco?

For My Health

Health concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting smoking. this is a very real concern: Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. In the U.S. alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, and about 8.6 million people suffer from smoking-related lung and heart diseases.

What are the health benefits of quitting?

  • 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.
  • Your breath will smell better.
  • The stains on your teeth will fade.
  • Lingering odors in your clothes and hair will go away.
  • The yellow stains on your fingers and fingernails will disappear.
  • Food will taste better.
  • Your sense of smell will return to normal.

Source: American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Tobacco is an epidemic and a killer. Over 600,000 adult Oklahomans (about 1 in 4) currently use tobacco, which kills about 6,000 Oklahomans each year. It is our leading cause of preventable death, killing more Oklahomans than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders, and illegal drugs combined.

For My Finances

Smoking and other tobacco use is an expensive habit. Use this smoking calculator to figure out how much you spend on smoking or tobacco products. The amount may surprise you!

Tobacco costs all of us a lot of money. Tobacco use costs Oklahomans over $2 billion in medical expenses and lost
productivity every year, or an average of about $600 per person.

Tobacco-Use Surcharge for Medical Insurance

As announced in 2015, tobacco-using employees will pay a $20 per month surcharge for medical insurance starting January 1, 2017. To encourage healthy behaviors and avoid the surcharge, tobacco-free employees must log in to Employee Self-Service and complete their tobacco-use designation. 

No surcharge will apply as soon as you commit to quit by enrolling in a tobacco cessation program. Simply update your tobacco-use designation in Employee Self-Service to have the surcharge removed.

For My Relationships

Smoking is less socially acceptable now than ever. Friends may ask you not to smoke in their homes or cars. Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events are largely smoke-free. More and more communities are restricting smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.

Smokers may also find their prospects for dating or romantic involvement are largely limited to other smokers, who make up less than 21% of the adult population. Landlords my choose not to rent to smokers because maintenance costs and insurance rates can be higher when smokers live in the building.

Smoking not only harms your health but it hurts the health of those around you. Click here for more information about second-hand smoke.

If you have children, nieces, nephews or younger siblings, you probably want to set a good example for them. When asked, nearly all smokers say they don't want their children to smoke. Unfortunately, children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking themselves. You can become a good role model for others in your life by quitting now!

Are there Resources to Help Me Quit?

Your OU medical insurance coverage through BCBS includes a Tobacco Cessation Program (flyer).

Open the flyer to learn more about common myths and how to enroll.

Enroll in a Tobacco Cessation Class Today

Norman Campus

Make a commitment to quit smoking or using tobacco forever by enrolling in a free class based on the QuitSmart program.

  • Classes are open to all OU students, faculty and staff.
  • The class is designed to help smokers and tobacco users break the addiction while making healthy, long-term, lifestyle changes. 
  • All classes are held in the Goddard Health Center Seminar Room.
  • Visit Goddard's Health Services for more information. 

To register for a class, call Health Promotion at (405) 325-4611 ext. 41777.

HSC Campus

The Tobacco Cessation Clinic at the Stephenson Cancer Center helps patients stop using tobacco and provides relapse support.

  • Free materials and cessation tools, such as nicotine patches, lozenges and/or gum, are provided to qualifying patients at no cost.
  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists provide one-on-one counseling for all patients interested in quitting tobacco.
  • The Tobacco Cessation Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Family Lounge on the first floor at 6pm. 
  • Visit the Tobacco Cessation Clinic site for more information.

To make an appointment, speak with your physician and ask for a referral for tobacco cessation or call (405) 271-QUIT (7848) or email ttrc@ouhsc.edu