Tobacco Treatment on Campus

 

Strong tobacco policies foster a campus culture of health and well being for staff, faculty, and students on college and university campuses.  An integral feature of successful tobacco policies is the availability of tobacco treatment services.  Offering help to quit is also an essential component of good policy enforcement.  Tobacco-users should not feel singled out by a tobacco-free policy rather they should feel supported.  Tobacco-free policies are about weakening the tobacco industry, not tobacco users.

Assessing Your Tobacco Treatment Services on Campus

These Ten Key Recommendations come from the gold-standard guide from Health and Human Services, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update—Clinical Practice Guideline.  Use these guidelines as a way to assess the treatment services that you are providing on campus. Download this ten item checklist by clicking here.

Easy

1.Have a system in place to ensure every patient is asked whether or not they use tobacco and their answer is documented.

2. Medical providers should, at a minimum, use brief tobacco treatment interventions.

3. Tell tobacco users about the California Smokers’ Helpline to help them quit.

4. Make sure patients and clinicians both have access to resources (brochures, pamphlets, a list of community services, medication information sheets, etc.) that will help patients quit tobacco.

Moderate

5. Medical providers should encourage tobacco users to quit by using both counseling AND medication (as medically appropriate).

6. Medical providers/healthcare professionals should use “motivational interviewing” to increase tobacco users’ motivation to quit.

7. Provide trainings (e.g. lectures, workshops, in-services) that teach clinic staff about tobacco treatment and each person’s responsibility to help patients quit.

 

Advanced

8. Provide intensive counseling (multiple visits for longer periods of time) to patients, including individual (one-on-one), group and/or phone counseling.

9. Dedicate a staff member at your clinic to work on tobacco treatment.

10. Evaluate your tobacco treatment efforts and provide performance feedback to clinicians

 

How CYAN Can Help

Free In-Person Trainings

CYAN can provide free tailored technical assistance and in-person trainings to campuses that would like to collect data on campus.  Trainings that we have provided in the past include:

Quit Services on Campus

This one half to one full day training offers the following sessions: tobacco use rates and trends among young adults in California, best practices in offering tobacco treatment on campus, and pharmacotherapy for tobacco treatment.  This training is for campus health care providers and administration.

Recorded Webinars

2018 Student Health Centers, Tobacco Treatment & Technology






 

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California Smokers Helpline and UCanQuit2

Free online and telephone counseling for tobacco cessation is widely available in the United States.  Online and telephone counseling has been shown to be effective in helping people quit tobacco.

Telephone Counseling

 The California Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE toll-free service available to anyone in the State of California. The Helpline provides FREE telephone counseling in 5 languages and TTY/TDD, and helps individuals create a personalized quit plan.

The California Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE toll-free service available to anyone in the State of California. The Helpline provides FREE telephone counseling in 5 languages and TTY/TDD, and helps individuals create a personalized quit plan.

Online Referrals

 Make Online Referrals to the Helpline and Helpline staff will follow up with patients.

Make Online Referrals to the Helpline and Helpline staff will follow up with patients.

ucanquit2

 The DoD (Department of Defense) has an interactive website for service members looking for more information about quitting tobacco: UCanQuit2. The website offers a live chat line with a tobacco cessation coach, a message board, information about medications, games and quizzes.

The DoD (Department of Defense) has an interactive website for service members looking for more information about quitting tobacco: UCanQuit2. The website offers a live chat line with a tobacco cessation coach, a message board, information about medications, games and quizzes.