September 14, 2018
The DOS Office and Lewis & Clark College would like to share some resources for those affected by the new tobacco-free campus policy. Whether you are looking for on or off-campus support in giving up smoking, vaping, tobacco, there are several services available for help.
The Oregon Tobacco Quit line is available 24/7 and can provide free tips, information, and one-on-one telephone counseling to anyone looking to quit tobacco or to help someone quit. You can expect to reach a real person, who will help create a personalized quitting plan, as well as figure out whether you are eligible for free nicotine gum or patches. Phone counseling is available in several languages, and all quit coaches, many of whom are ex-smokers, are committed to helping in a friendly, nonjudgemental manner. Feel free to explore the website to learn more about the “4 essential practices to quit for life, take a readiness quiz, or ask any questions you might have.
If you are looking for on-campus support, you can visit the Health Promotion Office for guidance about best strategies, including referrals to the Health Service or Counseling Service. The health promotion office can also help you find options offered by your health insurance provider. The office can be reached at 503-768-8225 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis and Clark will be offering a tobacco cessation support group soon. If you are interested or have any ideas regarding the group, please call 503-768-8225 and leave your contact information.
Lastly, many health insurance plans, including the student health insurance plan, cover some form of tobacco cessation services. You can contact your provider (via the number on the back of your insurance card) for more information. Students with student health insurance can contact PacificSource at 541-225-2741 or 855-274-9814 for benefit information.
We recognize that the tobacco-free policy comes with a slew of new challenges and frustrations to many students. We are open to any ideas you may have, as students, to better integrate this policy, and provide adequate support to those affected.