You Can Quit: Webster Wellness Presents Great American Smokeout Nov. 20

| November 19, 2014

Do you want to quit smoking or tobacco or care about someone who does? On Nov. 20, Webster Wellness presents “The Great American Smokeout,” which provides an opportunity to sit down and make a plan to stop smoking or using tobacco.

In support of “The Great American Smokeout,” an information table will be set up at Loretto Hall by the Marlettos café between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by to learn more about the hazards smoking and tobacco can cause. We have free t-shirts and giveaways to all those who are serious about reducing or quitting.

Extended Campus Locations Participation

If you are at an extended site, send an email to wellness@webster.edu with your commitment to quit for a day or to request more information.

UHC Partnership: 40% of Participants Quit

Webster has also partnered with UHC to support “The Quit Power Program.” Under this program employees enrolled in UHC can have a personal Wellness Coach dedicated to helping you kick the habit by setting a quit date, creating a personal plan with goals you can reach, gain access to tools and resources such as nicotine replacement therapy, at no additional cost to you.

By the final coaching call, close to 40 percent of “The Quit Power Program” members were able to quit using tobacco. This program comes at no additional cost to you as part of your Webster University benefits.

Make Nov. 20 The Day You Quit

Take that brave and powerful step toward a better, healthier life and enjoy the many perks that accompany your decision to quit using tobacco products. Quitting can improve your breathing and lower your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, bladder, cervix and pancreas
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a long-term lung disease which includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis

Immediate perks include fresher-smelling hair, clothes and breath. You may also notice that food smells and tastes better. Your skin tone will improve — and you’ll have more energy and money as well.

Remember, if you give up smoking, you’re not the only one to profit. Quitting means you will also stop exposing your family and friends to toxic secondhand smoke. In the meantime, please respect the Webster University policy that requires users to distance themselves from smoking or using tobacco products inside University buildings or within 30 feet of building entrances.

To learn more, visit www.cancer.org/smokeout where you’ll find tips and tools for people who want to live tobacco-free lives.

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