CSUN Takes Part in Great American Smokeout, Nov. 19

  • On Nov. 19, CSUN will participate in the Great American Smokeout, encouraging smokers across campus to stop smoking for that one day, in hopes that they choose to quit altogether and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Back in April, just before announcing that it would be going smoke and tobacco free in Fall 2015, CSUN hosted a campus cleanup where more than 18,000 cigarette butts were collected and removed from campus ground in one day. Photo by David Hawkins.

The Clear the Air campaign has made California State University, Northridge smoke and tobacco free. To help support clean air and healthier lifestyles for our CSUN community, the campus is participating in the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19.

The Great American Smokeout was developed by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers not to smoke at least for one day. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. The collective hope for all involved is that by not smoking this year Nov. 19, more people will eventually quit smoking altogether.

“The Great American Smokeout gives us a chance to learn more about the health and wellness benefits of quitting smoking and living a smoke-free life,” said Marianne Link, assistant director for health promotion at the Klotz Student Health Center. “To help smokers quit and embrace better health, the Klotz Student Health Center Pharmacy is offering free smoking cessation aids like nicotine patches and gum — for free — to CSUN students, faculty and staff.”

Starting at 10 a.m. (and running through noon) Cleary Walk between the Delmar T. Oviatt Library and the University Student Union will be filled with tables and booths offering information about the health benefits of avoiding smoking and tobacco, as well as fun, interactive activities giving out helpful information ane free prizes. These activities include:

• Students can spin the Great American Smokeout wheel and answer a question about nicotine addiction based on the category the wheel lands on. If they’re correct, they win a prize.
• The Clear the Air table will have advocates answering questions about CSUN’s smoke- and tobacco-free initiative as well as handing out giveaways.
• A resource table will be available with information about the dangers of smoking, smoking cessation and campus resources, and news about hookah and e-cigarettes.
• A pledge table where people can pledge to quit using tobacco for the one day. Non-smokers who want to participate in the Great American Smokeout can educate a friend or family member about one thing from the Smokeout activities on that day.

For more information about smoking cessation or CSUN’s Clear the Air campaign, please visit our website.

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