Quitting tobacco is a challenge, but it's one that can be overcome with preparation and support. It's important to remember that addiction is both mental and physical. To quit successfully, both aspects must be addressed.
Cessation programs help tobacco users prepare for the challenges that come with quitting, as well as provide support and encouragement throughout the process. Nicotine replacement therapies and other medications can reduce the withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to quit.
There are several resources available to those wanting to quit using tobacco:
- University Health Services offers quitting guides, free tobacco cessation programs, and quitting aids for members of the CMU community.
- Enrollees of CMU-offered benefit programs have additional Tobacco Cessation Resources [pdf] available.
- The Pennsylvania Free Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. By contacting the PA Free Quitline, you can receive:
- Up to 5 coaching sessions by phone
- Unlimited calls to the PA Free Quitline, as needed
- Educational materials on quitting tobacco use
- Free 2-week supply Nicotine Replacement Therapy for qualified callers
Carnegie Mellon's smoking policy was approved in support of the Healthy Campus initiative, a university-wide effort to make the campus a healthier and greener environment. The policy permits smoking on campus ONLY in designated outdoor areas. Smoking will no longer be permitted outdoors, unless it is in a designated smoking zone. There is a $25 fine for each violation of smoking in a non-designated area and/or not properly disposing of cigarette butts.