If you are struggling with tobacco cravings while on campus and are not ready to quit, here are some helpful tips to make your time here easier.
Leave tobacco products in your car or home when traveling to campus
Practice deep breathing techniques to manage cravings while in class or in nonsmoking locations of campus. Inhale for 2 seconds, hold for 2 seconds, and exhale for 2 seconds. Slowly work your way up to 5 seconds,
Utilize gum, tooth picks, plastic straws, hard candy, or other quiet items that provide oral fixation.
Talk about your struggles with your professors or supervisor and ask if having something small to twist or fidget in your hands would be acceptable. Silent and discrete items could include rubber bands, stress balls, twist ties, rubber coiled key chains, or pipe cleaners. Understand distracting or loud items could prohibit learning for other students.
Drink plenty of water. Bringing your own water bottle to campus ensures you will be able to stay hydrated and reduce cravings while on campus.
Avoid environments or situations that create cravings or are tempting to you. Plan a new path to classes or other campus buildings to limit exposer to these situations or trigger locations, for example place you use to smoke.
While leaving campus to use tobacco, be aware of your surroundings and go with a friend if possible. If any concerns arise, contact 911, Public Safety by phone at (660) 543-4123, or by text at (660)422-2632.
Visit the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Office to learn more about resources to help reduce tobacco use or quit.