Emmanuel College Announces Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy
April 29, 2014
A message from President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND:
In January 2014, I appointed an ad hoc committee to initiate a campus-wide dialogue about the possibility of Emmanuel College's becoming a smoke- and/or tobacco-free campus. Over the past several months, the Emmanuel College Smoke/Tobacco-Free Exploratory Committee gathered feedback from the Emmanuel community and issued a report of its findings.
I am pleased to accept the committee's recommendation that the College adopt a smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy. The recommendation was made with a view to the health, safety and comfort of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, as well as Emmanuel's commitment to provide and maintain an optimal working and living environment for all members of our community. The Board of Trustees affirmed this decision at its Spring Board meeting.
The College will fully transition to a smoke- and tobacco-free campus on Monday, August 11, 2014.
Many thanks to the students, faculty and staff who served as members of the exploratory committee, and to the committee's chair, Vice President for Government and Community Relations Sarah Welsh. I commend them for conducting an open and informed process and for recommending a thoughtful and forward-looking policy for Emmanuel College.
An Emerging National Issue
The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) was launched in September 2012 by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and other educational and tobacco policy experts at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
More from Howard Koh:
- Changing Social Norms about Tobacco Use, One Campus at a Time (National Cancer Institute Bulletin)
- Getting Schooled on Tobacco (Worcester Telegram + Gazette)
Smoke and Tobacco-Free U.S. Colleges and Universities
In September 2012, 16.9% of campuses were smoke or tobacco-free. (774 of 4,583 campuses)
As of January 1, 2016, the percentage has jumped to 32% (1,475 of 4,583 campuses) and continues to rise.
Resources for Students
Lauren Davis, NP, Director of Health Services, Emmanuel College
If you have tried to quit before then you know that quitting tobacco is not easy. In fact, most cigarette smokers try on average to quit seven times before they are successful. It can be done, and we can help. Health Services has trained staff that can be of assistance in helping you quit. Research shows that getting help increases the chances you will be successful in your quitting efforts. Cessation aids (nicotine products and prescription medications) can help decrease withdrawal symptoms (i.e. trouble sleeping, mood changes, and trouble concentrating, etc.) from nicotine that is found in tobacco products. Additionally, cessation aids help in reducing desires and urges to smoke and use tobacco. By decreasing withdrawal symptoms, reducing desires and urges allows you to focus on modifying behaviors that may be associated with smoking and tobacco use. So, whether you need a prescription for a cessation medication or just to talk, come in so we can help. We can provide you with the tools you need to become a nonsmoker for good.
If you would like to make an appointment at Health Services, please call 617-264-7678. We are open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and are located in the basement of St. Joseph Hall.
Tips and Tricks to Stop Tobacco
- Get help. You are more likely to be successful if you use some type of help.
- Prepare mentally, you will need willpower to break the habit for good.
- Be prepared and be realistic. When you first quit you may feel restless, irritable, frustrated, and even sleepless. These will pass as the addictive effects of the nicotine in tobacco leave your system.
- Make a list of why you want to be tobacco free. You can use this to help you through the tough first few days.
- Set a date. This helps with your mental preparation.
- Tell your friends, family, coworkers and everyone else who can be supportive. This helps make your quitting efforts more real.
- Avoid temptation. Especially in the first few tough days, you will likely want to avoid situations or people who were part of your tobacco rituals.
- Hang in there. It takes about two weeks to get nicotine out of your system. The cravings will subside and soon it will be much easier to say NO forever.
Resources for Faculty, Staff + Administrators
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers free telephone counseling, referrals to stop-smoking programs and online communities for subscribers.
Emmanuel's Employee Assistance Program, AllOne Health, also offers numerous resources, including articles, tobacco-free kits and counseling.