SXU will provide assistance to those members of the University community who wish to overcome tobacco addictions.
Rules of Thumb
- Please follow the SXU Tobacco-Free Campus Policy.
- Remind others about the policy.
- Don't litter cigarette butts on or off campus.
- Report problem areas on campus by filling out the Tobacco-Free Noncompliance Reporting Form.
How to be Compliant with the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
The Tobacco-Free Campus Policy prohibits tobacco use on all SXU property, so tobacco users need to plan ahead for compliance while they are on campus. Here are a few tips to help you create a plan that will work for you:
- Use a nicotine replacement
- There are many over-the-counter nicotine/tobacco replacements available. Some forms include patches, gum and lozenges. Many are the same price or less than cigarettes themselves.
- Use the areas governed by the City of Chicago
- There are areas on the perimeter of campus that are not covered by the policy, but are governed by the City of Chicago laws. We also want to be good neighbors, so please do not use tobacco on any private property. City sidewalks and parkways are readily accessible around the perimeter of campus.
- Taper your use
- Many tobacco users can taper down their use to accommodate long periods of time without nicotine. Start by gradually reducing the number of cigarettes/dips you use until your body is used to lower nicotine levels for longer periods of time.
- Get help
- Students, faculty and staff can visit SXU Health Center for assistance in creating a plan that will work for you.
- Cessation programs will be held on campus following the Courage to Quit Program developed by the Respiratory Health Association. Please call the SXU Health Center at 773-298-3712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
A tobacco-free environment can be helpful for quitting. If at any point you are interested in quitting, please consult SXU Health Center or the Employee Wellness Program or call the Illinois Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES.
For those students, faculty and staff who use tobacco and would like information about reducing tobacco use or quitting, SXU has several options for you:
- There are medications available that can help you quit, both over the counter and by prescription. The nurse practitioners at the SXU Health Center can discuss what the best options may be for you and give you prescriptions as needed. Please call for an appointment (773-298-3712).
- SXU will offer the Courage to Quit Program. This program designed by the Respiratory Health Association helps facilitate those who wish to quit smoking in a supportive, small group environment. Courage to Quit is six (6) sessions over seven (7) weeks and will meet on campus. Those who wish to participate will not need to quit until week three (3). If you are interested in this program please contact the SXU Health Center at email@example.com or call 773-298-3712.
- If you prefer one-on-one phone counseling, the Illinois Tobacco Quitline provides free phone counseling and support at 1-866-QUIT-YES. This is a statewide telephone helpline staffed by trained counselors who can provide information about quitting and can work with you to develop a customized quitting plan.
- Little Company of Mary Hospital Health Education Center offers a Commit to Quit Hypnosis Program for $70. Registration is required. Contact Little Company of Mary directly for the schedule and to register at 708-423-5774.
- You may also contact your primary care physician.
The American Cancer Society provides a timeline of health milestones individuals can look forward to once they've quit.
- Time Smoke-free: 1 hour
- Benefits: Your heart rate and blood pressure will drop.
- Time Smoke-free: 12 hours
- Benefits: The carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop to normal.
- Time Smoke-free: 2 weeks to 3 months
- Benefits: Your circulation will improve and your lung function will increase.
- Time Smoke-free: 1 to 9 months
- Benefits: Your coughing and shortness of breath will decrease. The cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) in your body will start to regain normal function, reducing the risk of infection.
- Time Smoke-free: 1 year
- Benefits: Your excess risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of a habitual smoker.