Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the US. (CDC, 2020)
7% of Snow students use nicotine products currently
of that 7%, 59% report using e-cig/vaping products.
Nearly HALF of the users reported wanting to quit.
The minimum age to purchase tobacco products has increased to 21, nationwide.
This went into full effect in Utah as of July 1, 2020. (Utah Department of Health, 2021)
Source: On Campus Tobacco Survey - 2020
Tobacco and other nicotine products impact nearly every organ in your body, harming both your physical and mental health.
Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds, producing a pleasurable, relaxed feeling. Nicotine works similarly to cocaine or heroin by activating the portions of the brain that control the feelings of pleasure, including the release of dopamine. While nicotine can make a person feel good, the effect is short-lived and leaves the user craving more. This can lead to addiction within days of first use! In fact, research shows that nicotine is as addictive as heroin.
Tobacco products contain thousands of chemicals, including 70+ that are known to cause cancer. Nicotine in and of itself is a carcinogen - products labeled or marketed as containing only tobacco or nicotine are not safe alternatives to “Big Tobacco.”
Smokeless tobacco is dangerous, too. Whether in dip, snuff, chew, or pod form, smokeless
tobacco actually contains more nicotine than cigarettes and can cause cancer of the
lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, pharynx, stomach, and pancreas. It can also lead to heart
disease, gum recession, and leukoplakia, or
pre-cancerous white patches in the mouth.
Plain and simple – there is no “safe” form of tobacco.
Vaping has really taken off in the last decade! It smells better, tastes better, and can be more discrete than smoking. It’s also perceived as safer than traditional tobacco products, or as a cessation (quitting) tool. But be careful – it’s a trap!
Candy-like smells and flavors increase use – and addiction rates – among teens and young adults and due to lack of consistent regulations, it’s hard to know exactly what’s in vape “juice.”
Most people who smoke want to quit – and the benefits to your body (and your bank account!) are almost immediate. As soon as you stop, your body begins to heal.
Quitting nicotine is hard, and it can be discouraging if you’ve already tried. Most users don’t quit on the first try and it can take several attempts to kick the habit for good. Don’t think of it as “failure” - each time you try, you learn something that will make the next attempt easier – and that’s valuable knowledge that gets you one step closer to quitting!
You don’t need to do it alone. Professional support can make it easier on you and increase your chances of a successful quit attempt. Check out the resources, below, and decide what works best for you!
If you prefer in-person…
Book a Counseling and Wellness Consultation with Rachelle in the Student Wellness Office at 435-283-7136 or come by the office located in the east portable behind the Business Building on 151 S Main in Ephraim.
If you prefer something online, by phone or text…