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Smoking Cessation and RTQ!

University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) provides support to help you stop smoking and stay smoke-free. Individual medical and/or behavioral health visits are available to students. NUSHP offers additional smoking cessation options to students enrolled in the plan. View a summary of smoking cessation options available through UHCS and NUSHP. And, see below to read more about the Ready to Quit! (RTQ) program.

RTQ

Ready to Quit! (RTQ) is a comprehensive and individualized smoking cessation program developed for students. Quitting smoking tobacco can be a challenging experience, but you don't have to do it alone. UHCS can help you along the way by offering up-to-date information and resources, various evidence-based treatment options, and more importantly compassionate care and positive encouragement.

Click on the questions in the list below to display detailed information about the RTQ program and other resources, types of tobacco products and cessation aids, and the benefits of quitting smoking tobacco.

  1. What does the Ready to Quit! (RTQ) program entail?
  2. What is a certified tobacco treatment specialist (TTS-C)?
  3. What will my treatment plan include?
  4. How much does it cost to participate in the Ready to Quit! program?
  5. What supports will my TTS provide?
  6. Why should I quit smoking?
  7. How do I get started?
  8. Where can I read more about Ready to Quit!?
  9. How can smoking cessation aids help?
  10. What are the different types of smoking cessation aids?
  11. What makes smoking and tobacco use so harmful?
  12. What are the different types of tobacco products?
  13. What are some other resources I can use to quit smoking tobacco?

1. What does the Ready to Quit! (RTQ) program entail?
Ready to Quit! (RTQ) consists of an initial meeting with a certified tobacco treatment specialist (TTS-C) to develop a partnership and discuss a personalized tobacco cessation plan with students.

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2. What is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)?
A Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS-C) is a health care professional specifically trained and certified in the treatment of tobacco dependence. A TTS has specialized knowledge and skills, offering up-to-date and effective treatment to those who are dealing with tobacco dependence. Additionally, a TTS may serve as a resource and advisor to other health care professionals. At UHCS, a TTS may be either a medical provider or registered nurse.

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3. What will my treatment plan include?
Your treatment plan may include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as nicotine patches and gum or lozenge, and/or medications, such as Chantix. 

More often than not, your TTS may combine two different cessation aids (i.e. two types of NRT) to help you stop smoking and stop smoking tobacco. Studies have shown this strategy is very effective in smoking cessation compared to using just one medication alone. It's also important to use enough medication and long enough to manage your withdrawal symptoms, desires and urges to help you stop smoking for good. You and your TTS can determine which cessation aids are the best for you.

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4. How much does it cost to participate in the Ready to Quit! program?
Smoking cessation aids are offered free of charge for students enrolled in RTQ.

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5. What supports will my TTS provide?
Students enrolled in RTQ will have weekly follow-up and coaching meetings with a TTS. Students receive supportive, encouraging texts one to three times per week and receive follow-up phone calls at least once a week to provide support to remain tobacco-free. Students also have the option to meet with behavioral health for concerns regarding smoking cessation if desired.

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6. Why should I quit smoking?
The American Lung Association has a great list of benefits on why quitting is a good idea. 

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7. How do I get started?
Complete the online assessment form to get started.

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8. Where can I read more about Ready to Quit!?
View the Ready to Quit! brochure for more details on the program.

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9. How can smoking cessation aids help?
Cessation aids 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.

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10. What are the different types of smoking cessation aids?
Smoking cessation aids such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) (contains nicotine) and/or medications that do not contain nicotine may increase your chances of quitting tobacco successfully. To read more about the different types of NRT and medications, please view this PDF.

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11. What makes smoking and tobacco use so harmful?
When tobacco is burned, for example cigarette smoke, approximately 4,000 (i.e. cyanide, arsenic, lead, etc.) chemicals are released and inhaled into your body. Exposure to these chemicals has been shown to cause various types of cancer (i.e. mouth, throat, lungs, stomach, etc). Although nicotine alone, like that found in cigarettes, has not been shown to cause cancer, many other chemicals in tobacco products do. When you stop smoking or stop using other tobacco products, most chemicals leave your body quickly (hours, days, months), however many may remain for years. Read more about What’s in a Cigarette? by the American Lung Association.

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12. What are the different types of tobacco products?
Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, chewing tobacco, hookahs, and spliffs are the most widely used tobacco products. View this PDF to learn more about these products and their impacts on health.

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13. What are some other resources I can use to quit smoking?
View this PDF for a list of additional resources, such as helplines, apps, and more.

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