UWP plan to curb tobacco use: adopt a smoker
PLATTEVILLE - Don't let your dreams go up in smoke. Those needing help to quit smoking or chewing can get it from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Student Health Services and ESTEEM Health Peer Educators
The two groups are participating in the Nov. 21 "Great American Smokeout" and offer adoption papers to promote commitment and accountability for both the smoker and the adoptive friend, said Jean Schlueter, a registered nurse with UWP Student Health Services.
"It's a way to make a commitment and get others involved," said Schlueter. But those who want to quite smoking are not limited to the one day observed nationally to quit. "We're available to help students stop smoking at any time," Schlueter added.
Student Health Services and ESTEEM suggest a three-phase plan for quitting - deciding to quite, preparing to quit and following through with the commitment.
Those who choose to quit cold turkey, by gradual cessation or nicotine replacement therapy can get help from Student Health Services.
The adoption papers offer strong support, praise and reassurance for those determined to quit. Advice includes hiding cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and matches and staying away from events or places where there is smoke. Calling a supportive friend if the urge to smoke or chew arises is also advisable.
Adoption papers and other helpful information will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Glenview Commons, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Pioneer Student Center information desk or at the Student Health Center.
The Great American Smokeout, an outreach of the American Cancer Society, is held annually at UWP Schlueter added. "If you can quit smoking for one day you will be successful at quitting for a lifetime."
The first Great American Smokeout was held in 1977 when smokers tried to quit for one day, and is observed annually nation-wide.