Promoting a Smoke Free College

Joining a growing national trend of smoke free colleges and universities, the campuses of Broward College are now smoke free.

Broward College: Smoke Free

As a member of the Health and Safety Committee it was a pleasure to see this policy enacted, with limited accommodation for those that continue to smoke.  With the smoke free campus policy in place, the effort now focuses on publicizing the policy and assisting those that wish to stop smoking.

In addition to publicizing the new policy, as a wellness professor and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), I helped coordinate an informational session in conjunction with the Broward County Health Department to help those who want to quit smoking.

Unlike most smoking cessation seminars that are limited to those who want to quit smoking, this session also welcomed those looking for information and resources to help family and friends kick the habit.  With any change in health behavior, it is important to enlist the support of family and friends.

The session was well attended.  I was pleased to see the level of student interest.  The outreach coordinators from the Broward County Health Department kept the students engaged and set up an information table for those that may have been a bit shy to ask questions during the session.

Transtheoretical Model of Change

The lesson I learned during the seminar was that it takes the average person 3 to 7 attempts before they successfully quit smoking.  As demonstrated in the Transtheoretical Model of Change, if a person slips during their attempt to quit, it’s not a point of failure; and, they are not alone. If they relapse they can reattempt to quit and keep moving forward to their goal of a smoke free lifestyle.

I am proud to be a part of a smoke free college and wish our smokers success in changing their health behaviors to improve their overall health.

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