Murray State University: A Tobacco-Free Campus

Tobacco Policy

Our campus is 100 percent free of tobacco and offers resources for faculty and staff who are working to become tobacco-free themselves.

Policies

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Need help to become tobacco free?

Addiction: Once started, it is very difficult to quit any tobacco product, especially by self. This is due to the addictive behavior of tobacco products - the feel good effect (euphoria). The product is very pleasurable, but as soon as it wears off there is a big let down and the person wants the product again. This leads to dependence - the need for the product again and again to get that euphoric or pleasurable effect.

Many tobacco users try to quit multiple times, but can't because of the need for and the effects of the tobacco product. This becomes a vicious cycle of needing the product and trying to quit. During the times that the person tries to quit, he/she will experience withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, irritability, cravings for the tobacco products, and decreased concentration. He/she will usually give up and start the product again.

Assistance to become Tobacco Free is available at Murray State. There will be Tobacco cessation classes offered by Racer Wellness as well as Assistance in choosing the right Tobacco Replacement Product at Health Services

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Tobacco cessation for Faculty and Staff

Freedom from smoking seven-week course

Racer Wellness is excited to offer a FREE tobacco cessation course to Murray State employees.

The program is called Freedom From Smoking and was created by the American Lung Association. It is a seven-week class with eight sessions. Each session will last approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Freedom from Smoking is designed for people who are ready to quit tobacco use and not just contemplating quitting. The "quit day" is session four, or midway through the class. Read more about this class.

Health Services can assist employees in choosing the best replacement product (Nicotine patches, gum or lozenges) and discuss the step down program for these medications. For more information, please contact Health Services.

 

Tobacco cessation resources for students

Health Services can assist students with tobacco cessation options and counseling. For more information, please contact Health Services at (270) 809-3809 or kpaschall@murraystate.edu.