Break Free of Tobacco with Summer Well-Being Course

By: Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Have you thought about quitting smoking but haven’t made the effort yet? Have you tried to quit before but failed and gotten discouraged? Many people who smoke would like to quit but need support to do so successfully, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which says that 68 percent of all U.S. smokers age 18 and over reported in 2015 that they hoped to break free of their tobacco addiction. The good news is that many smokers who have support do quit – since 2002, the CDC reports, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers in the United States.

Find the support you need to break free of smoking in the Dimensions Tobacco Free course, a 6-week physical well-being program sponsored by the Student Support and Advocacy Center, Human Resources and Payroll, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. The course, which is designed for people who want to gain and maintain tobacco-free lives, is free and open to all Mason students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone from our local community.  It will take place at noon on Tuesdays from June 13 through July 25 (with no class the week of July 3) and will cover topics such as: creating a tobacco-free plan, healthy behaviors, the truth about tobacco, changing behaviors, coping with cravings, maintaining change.

An interest meeting, facilitated by Amanda Pusey of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, will be held on Tuesday, June 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in SUB I, Room 4210.

“Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States,” the CDC says in its “Burden of Tobacco Use in the U.S.” report. “Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.”

For more information and to register for the interest meeting, please visit http://ssac.gmu.edu/dimensions.