Great American SmokeoutAnyone who has ever stopped or tried to stop smoking tobacco can attest to how challenging that goal can be.

To help encourage potential ‘quitters,’ The American Cancer Society declared Nov. 15 as the 37th annual Great American Smokeout. To support the effort, the Office of Student Life sponsored a day of fun and health advice for students and others who want to quit smoking, recently quit smoking or others who know someone who is trying to quit.

There were multiple booths set up in the Tivoli Student Center for students to stop by to get information. The Health Center at Auraria, the Counseling Center and representatives from CU Denver’s Office of Community Standards and Wellness (CSW) were all available to give students helpful tips about not only quitting smoking but being healthy overall.

There were representatives offering information to individuals about their goals to stop smoking or help others to quit.

There were even free massages available to students who complete the ‘tour’ of all the booths.

Some of the advice from CSW included most cravings only last for three to five minutes, “so if you are able to distract yourself with something healthy, such as yoga, the craving may pass.” CSW also handed out a basic introduction sheet on how to do yoga which can be a great stress reliever.

A support group for recent ‘quitters’ is forming said a counselor from the Student Health Center, and beginning after the winter break, they will host drop-in sessions on Monday afternoons at four in the Tivoli. The group will focus on coping skills and overall health.

The Great American Smokeout was designed to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, plan in advance to quit or make it as the day to quit. One of the program’s concept is even if a smoker quits for one day they will be taking an important step toward a healthier life that can dramatically reduce cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society statistics show that one in every five American adults smokes tobacco resulting in the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death.

Visit The American Cancer Society’s webpage for more information about help quitting or on the Auraria Campus you can visit the Health Center in the Plaza Building for information or advice.

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