Options for Students
Quitting tobacco use is one of the most important changes you will make in your life. This habit affects your time, pocketbook, family and friends, and most importantly, your health. PSU offers three options to help you through the quit process.
Meet with a SHAC Health Educator
If you are eligible for SHAC services, you can schedule an appointment to meet with a health educator. The initial appointment involves a conversation about where you are currently with your smoking habit and where you would like to go. Discussion includes identifying motivators, potential obstacles/triggers, and things you can implement to keep you on track all in a non-judgmental supportive environment. With the help of the health educator, you will decide what option is best for you such as using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) (gum or patch) or through prescription medication.
NRT products are sold in the clinic at approximately a 50% discount when compared to retail store prices and SHAC will bill your student account. If you would like a prescription, you will need to see one of our medical providers. IIf cost is an issue, there are patient assistance programs available depending on the medication.
There is no standard plan for everyone, the program is customizable to fit your needs and where you are at in your life. You will typically have one more appointment after the initial to see how you are progressing. The goal is to give you the support you need with the freedom to move within a plan that you have co-designed.
Stop Smoking with Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment has been clinically proven to be extremely effective in helping people to quit smoking, and is useful in treating the full range of addictions and addictive behaviors. Acupuncture treatments work to adjust cravings, restlessness, jitters, and irritability; all symptoms that many people experience as their bodies detox from nicotine.
By working to promote relaxation, balance your body’s brain chemistry, and heal the damage caused by smoking, acupuncture can provide the support you need in achieving optimal health. Treatments are uniquely designed and take all of your symptoms into account in order to meet your individual needs. Visit the SHAC Acupunture website for information.
Quit and Fit Program
The Healthyroads Quit and Fit program is here to help you through the three stages of quitting: 1) pre-quit, 2) quitting, and 3) post-quit. Only students who have purchased the PSU Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan have access to this program. Quit and Fit gives you the tools and support you need to create your quit plan, stay motivated, and achieve new levels of health and well-being. As you proceed through this program, you will experience "good" days and "bad" days. This is to be expected and is even a welcome reality
- Stage 1: Pre-Quit: A plan is your blueprint for success. It focuses on your goal so your motivation stays high. It increases your confidence, making you more likely to stick with it and anticipates challenging situations and provides workable solutions. It holds you accountable by asking for a commitment and requires you to be active.
- Stage 2: Quitting: This stage will help step you through the process of quitting and highlight topics that are important in creating a solid plan. Remember that the tools you need to break this habit come from within you and Quit&Fit will help you find those inner resources.
- Stage 3: Post-quit: Once you have achieved your goal and become tobacco-free, you are officially on your way to a better level of health and well-being. This final stage is a great opportunity to take charge of your health and chart a course to a healthy future. With some practice, you will be able to master the skills necessary to stay tobacco-free and create a new, healthier lifestyle. The Healthyroads Quit&Fit program is available to help you move confidently along this path by providing the tools and education you need to help you succeed.
You can call 877.330.2746 to get set up by one the program representatives.
The quit line is available to everyone and offers free help and a personalized quit plan, which includes a quit kit and a counseling session. To get started call the toll free number 877.270.7867. You will be asked a few questions to find out what your needs are so you can get the right help for you. You can also get information sent to you in the mail, a counseling session, or a referral to resources in your community.
The Asian Smokers Quit ine is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-one-one telephone counseling to quit smoking and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.