All cessation products specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence are allowable for use in or on campus properties.
Compliance and Enforcement
All members of the campus community share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy. The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness and consideration of each other. Resources will be provided to those who wish to quit smoking. It is hoped that any violations of the policy can be resolved with an initial informational approach or a reminder, but serious or repeated violations will be dealt with as violations of policy under the respective handbooks for students, faculty and staff.
How We Can Help
Centre wishes to support its employees who want to quit using tobacco products by providing resources to you.
The following items are currently available through the College’s medical health plan at no cost to the employee if filled at an in-network pharmacy.
- Bupropion HCI tab SR 12 hr 150 mg
- Nicotine TD patch 24 hr 21 mg, 14 mg, and 7 mg
- Nicotine polacrilex gum 2 mg & 4 mg
- Nioctine polacrilex lozenge 2 mg & 4 mg
- Nicotine inhaler system 10 mg (4 mg delivered) – Nicotrol brand
- Nicotine nasal spay 10 mg/ml (0.5 mg/spray)
- Varenicline tartrate tab 0.5 mg (base equiv) & 1 mg (base equiv)
- Varenicline tartrate tab 0.5 mg x 11 tabs & 1 mg x 42 pack
Nicotine gum may be picked up in Human Resources to help employees quit tobacco products. It can be used every 1-2 hours as needed for cravings.
To help you quit all types of tobacco and other nicotine products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and vaping, Centre offers this digital cessation program completely free to employees. The program, from Truth Initiative in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, has helped over 940,000 people quit for good. Research shows the EX Program quadruples a user’s chance of quitting—willpower alone doesn’t work.
If you complete this program by November 30, 2023, the Tobacco Surcharge associated with the College’s health insurance plan will be waived for calendar year 2024. If you complete the program by March 31, 2024, the surcharge will be refunded. We strongly encourage you to register for the program and complete the program by November 30th.
Register for the EX Program
Quitting for Good
Get help quitting if you are interested. The single best thing you can do for your health in your lifetime is to quit smoking.
Free Online Tool
Here are some tips:
|Trigger or Problem
|Keeping hands busy
|Find a stress ball or paper clip you can play with.
Keep something in your hands other than a cigarette. This is a time many folks take up a new hands-on activity like word puzzles, knitting/crocheting, etc.
|If you had a habit of smoking when consuming a certain
food or beverage (usually coffee or alcohol) avoid them for a while. They may increase your discomfort caused by not smoking. Sip SLOWLY on another beverage. Seek out nonsmokers to hang out with at breaks or meal times.
|Leave the table quickly after finishing your meal. Have sugar-free mints or gum available to pop in your mouth right after you finish eating. Take a short walk after your meal.
|Sit down alone, close your eyes and take 10 slow, deep breaths. Call your support person and vent. Take a walk or get up and move around the office or campus.
Coping Skills for Nicotine Withdrawl
The Five D’s
- Delay until the urge passes = usually within 3 to 5 minutes.
- Distract yourself. Call a friend or go for a walk if possible.
- Drink water to fight off cravings
- Deep Breaths – Relax! Close your eyes and take 10 slow, deep breaths
- Discuss your feelings with someone close to you.
Take a 10 to 15-minute walk once or twice a day, and work up from there, especially during the time you would normally smoke or use tobacco.
- Regular exercise helps to control cravings for cigarettes and food, and it can increase cravings for healthier food choices.
- Exercise is a positive activity that can become a new habit that replaces smoking. Try it for at least a month, which is about how long it takes to form a new habit.
Changes in Appetite
When an individual decreases or stops tobacco use, they tend to use food as a replacement when the urge to smoke strikes.
Be aware that you may find yourself snacking more and on unhealthy foods.
Keep healthy snacks and foods easily available, and don’t skip meals.
Get More Rest
- Your body is used to taking in not only nicotine, but all of the other chemicals in cigarette smoke; cutting off or reducing that supply creates physical stress and fatigue.
- Go to bed a little earlier than usual.
- If you are at the opposite end of the spectrum and find yourself unable to sleep, try taking a long walk several hours before bedtime.
Did You Know?
- Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease.
- 70% of smokers want to quit smoking.
- Working in a tobacco free environment helps people quit.