Truman to Observe Great American Smokeout

The Truman community will have the opportunity to join the nation as the campus observes “The Great American Smokeout: A Day to Butt Out,” Nov. 20. The event encourages individuals to say “No thanks” to cigarettes for 24 hours, alongside millions of other Americans.

There will be a publicity table in the Student Union Building Nov. 19-20. Information will be provided about smoking cessation, including information on programming that will be offered on campus in Spring 2015. Samples of smoking cessation products, such as gum and flavored toothpicks, will also be available at the tables while supplies last.

For those working on quitting, there are tips that can be helpful. Before quitting, make a list of reasons and ask for support from friends and family. Gradually decreasing the amount of tobacco use each day will also make the process easier. Put away triggers like lighters, ashtrays, tobacco and matches. It’s normal to feel irritable, sleepier and have cravings after quitting, but drinking water and reducing anxiety with exercise can help.

Beginning July 1, 2015, Truman will become a tobacco free campus. This includes smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes. Tobacco will also not be allowed in vehicles owned or controlled by Truman.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the Student Health Center and the Student Recreation Center.

For information about free cessation programs, visit and click on the word wellness.