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Lynn University Goes Smoke Free Fall 2016

Have you heard the healthy news?  Lynn University will become a smoke free campus fall semester 2016.

The American College Health Association adopted a “no tobacco use” policy and encourages colleges and universities to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100-percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment. 

This fall, Lynn University will join nearly 1,500 colleges and universities in becoming a tobacco-free campus. The move goes into effect Aug. 1, 2016, and is intended to safeguard the well-being of our students, employees and the community at large. Further information, including the university’s formal policy on a smoke-free environment, is available online.

Did you know …
• Tobacco smoking is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability, according to the Surgeon General of the United States.
• Tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike.
• Other tobacco products, including chewing and pipe tobacco and hookahs are just as harmful and addictive as cigarettes. 
• Hookah smoke is at least as toxic as cigarette smoke. 

Quit the habit
Lynn is committed to supporting all employees and students who wish to stop using tobacco or nicotine products. 
• People who quit smoking, regardless of their age, have substantial gains in life expectancy compared with those who continue to smoke.
• Smokers who quit before age 40 reduced their chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent.
• Individuals who quit by age 45-54 reduce chances of dying prematurely by about two-thirds.

Student assistance is available through the Health Center. As a part of Lynn’s Healthy Days, Healthy Knights initiative, the Health Center can provide a Quit Kit and resource packet of educational materials. Students who prefer a medicinal alternative, can schedule an appointment with Lynn’s nurse practitioner. Contact the Health Center at +1 561-237-7231 to get started on becoming a healthier you. 

Employee assistance is available through the Office of Employee Services. Employees who have Aetna medical insurance through the university can receive counseling and/or medication through the Tobacco Preventive Counseling program. Contact Aetna at 1-800-445-5299; www.aetna.com.

Other resources

Florida 
 "iQuitnow" Tobacco Cessation Program: 1-87-QUIT-NOW-6 (1-877-848-6696)
• For community groups in Palm Beach County, call +1 561-640-3620 
 Tobacco Free Florida: 1 877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669)

National 
• 1-800-QUIT-NOW (will connect caller to tobacco cessation quit line in their state)
 Smokefree.gov
• American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking

 

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