Effective February 1, 2018, the College has designated certain areas on campus for tobacco use by students, employees, and visitors. All other areas on campus are tobacco-free. This page contains information about the Breathe Easy tobacco-free campus campaign and available tobacco cessation resources.
All designated smoking areas on campus are marked by a “Designated Tobacco Use Area” sign.
Thank you for using the urn receptacles at each area to help keep our campus clean!
You probably already know that there are serious health consequences to smoking. And, you may also have heard somewhere that secondhand smoke has been shown to cause health problems to those around you. Chances are you know that using tobacco is costing you money, and lots of it. You may have even noticed that more and more restaurants, bars, businesses and public places are going smoke-free. You might even have your own personal reasons for wanting to quit that have nothing to do with health, research, finances or convenience.
This section of the website is dedicated to all the reasons that you might be considering in becoming tobacco-free. The information here may be a way to motivate you toward a tobacco-free life, or it may just be a tool to reinforce what you already know. In any case, feel free to check out our interactive tools that will show you a little bit about how much you’re spending on tobacco right now, how addicted you are to tobacco, and how your body begins to change the moment you stop smoking. You can also read a little about the health effects that smoking has on your body, as well as those that is having on those around you.
20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops. (“Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification,” Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)
12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202). Your heart rate and blood pressure drops. (“Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification”, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases. (U.S. Surgeon General’s
1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)
1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164,166)
15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
Note that all of the information linked to here has been collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tobacco Free Florida’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Cessation Program is one of Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services. AHEC offers face-to-face tobacco cessation counseling, which provides tobacco users with the tools to quit. Classes are held in the local community, in clinics, worksites and more. Participants select their OWN quit date and free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum and lozenges) are available if medically appropriate and while supplies last. Help is available by calling 941-552-1283, or toll-free at 866-534-7909.
We know quitting isn’t easy. Truth is, the average smoker attempts to quit between eight and 11 times before ultimately quitting for good. Many are left feeling like smoking is an addiction they cannot overcome. But with the right help, resources, and the support to keep you going, you will have the best chance to quit for good.