Category Archives: Tobacco Cessation

Kick the Butts’ Butt

On Wednesday, March 19th, anti-tobacco activists everywhere will be acknowledging the annual “Kick Butts Day.” Kick Butts Day is a day focused on standing up and speaking out against both tobacco use and the tobacco industry. All across the world, people will be holding all kinds of different anti-tobacco related events.  The primary goal of most of these events is to encourage current tobacco users to quit using tobacco for good. whatisincig

The benefits of quitting tobacco use are numerous, and it is important to investigate the options out there for helping you quit if you choose. Here at UND, there are plenty of resources. At the Health and Wellness Hub, located in the Memorial Union, users will find “Quit Kits” available.  Users can also check out Student Health Services to discuss the process of quitting tobacco, and perhaps get a check up to see how at risk you might be for tobacco induced health problems. Across North Dakota, the Department of Health has also established the “ND Quits” campaign.  Users interested in quitting can check out the campaign’s website or dial the toll free number to get access to free resources available for quitting.

The good news is that all across the U.S., tobacco use is decreasing. Compared to 42% of the population reporting regular tobacco use in 1965, in 2012, the percentage was reported to be 10%. ( So, if you’re interested in quitting, please do your lungs a favor and check out these fabulous resources! (the official website for “Kick Butts Day”)  (the official website for the ND Quits campaign)

1.800.784.8669 (ND Quits hotline)

701-777-2605 (UND Student Health Services)

Hookah Myths and Misperceptions

Hookah LungsWord of mouth has led people to believe in many different things, such as big foot, the loch ness monster, and mermaids. However, these aren’t the only things we have been led to believe because of what we have heard from others. In the early 1600’s the hookah was created by a physician as a “safer” method to use tobacco- that same misperception has been upheld today. Although the hookah was created as a “safer” method to use tobacco, it has been proven that the same harmful ingredients are still present in comparison to cigarettes.

The hookah was originally made for men in the Middle East, but when the additive flavors were added to the tobacco, it then attracted women and young adults, as well. The revolution of the hookah has continually attracted young adults and has been presented as harmless in nature. Due to the nature of socially smoking hookah, individuals are actually more likely to take in a larger quantity of tobacco in one sitting than they would in just smoking a single cigarette. This demonstrates just one way in which hookah is even more harmful than cigarettes.

The lack of advertisements or publication of the negative effects of hookah has kept the belief alive that it is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. Although word of mouth has led many to believe that it is “safer” than cigarettes, this perception is flawed and is potentially very harmful to those believing it.

If you or someone you know is trying to quit, the following resources are available through UND Health & Wellness and ND Quits:

•Free telephone, online or mobile app cessation support (ND Quits)
•Free nicotine replacement therapy (ND Quits)
•Free quit kits at the Health & Wellness Hub and Student
Health Services
•Provider visits at Student Health Services, which are covered by student fees
•Quit medications available for purchase at the Student Health Services pharmacy

Through With Chew

To begin, there is absolutely no safe form of tobacco. In fact, over 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause different types of cancer including: oral, esophageal, and pancreatic (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2007). Along with cancer, smokeless tobacco can cause other diseases such as heart disease, gum disease, and leukoplakia (white patches in the mouth that are pre-cancerous) (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2007).  If this is not enough to change your mind, consider the addictive power of nicotine. Nicotine stays in the blood longer for smokeless tobacco users than for smokers (National Cancer Institute, 2002).

Quitting smokeless tobacco is not an easy task, but it is one that may save your life. If you are in the beginning stages and unsure of what to do, try the National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline (1-877-44U-QUIT) and speak to a cessation counselor about quitting smokeless tobacco use, or use the LiveHelp online chat which can be done through online texting. Both are completely confidential. Making a list of reasons to quit can also be helpful, along with setting a quit date. Get yourself ready and mentally psyched to follow through. Cutting back in the weeks before your quit date can be helpful. Try chewing on sunflower seeds, hard candies, or sugar-free gum when feeling the urge to chew. Before you reach your quit day, build up your support team. Let your family, friends, and coworkers know that you are quitting so they can continue to encourage you and give you support when you need it most. Celebrate your success. Make sure to celebrate each week, month, year, etc. without smokeless tobacco.

Wednesday March 20th is Kick Butts Day!

In honor of Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 20th, UND’s Health and Wellness Hub is taking the opportunity to remind the campus community of UND’s tobacco-free campus policy and the quit tobacco resources.  Kick Butts Day, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is an annual event to raise awareness about tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America.

Compliance with UND’s tobacco-free campus policy is the responsibility and right of all UND students, staff, and faculty members. Tobacco use is not allowed on UND property. Tobacco use is allowed on city sidewalks adjacent to city streets. An updated map highlighting campus and city property is available at Questions about policy applicability may be directed to the UND Environmental Health and Safety Office by telephone (701.777.3341) or e-mail (

A comprehensive array of quit tobacco options are available to help those who are ready to quit. We invite those who use tobacco to take advantage of the available support:

Free telephone or on-line support and free nicotine replacement resources

Up to $700.00 in coverage for provider visits, medications, and counseling for benefitted UND employees and their dependents

  • Health and Wellness Hub, Memorial Union: or 701.777.2097

Free quit kits and resources

  • Student Health Services, McCannel Hall: or 701.777.4500,

Provider visits and free quit kits for students, medications available for purchase at pharmacy

Please join us in celebrating Kick Butts Day and in supporting a Tobacco-free UND throughout the year!

The Smokeless Tobacco Truth: its harm is just as sinister as cigarettes

Contrary to what some may think, smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokeless tobacco is even more habit forming because it contains a higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes. One dip contains three to five times the amount of nicotine as one cigarette and studies show that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Smokeless Tobacco is not here to save the day or your body from harm; it can, in fact, lead to many dangerous health risks and issues:


  • Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens)
  • Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer; it can lead to cancers of the lips, tongue, floor of mouth, cheeks, gums, throat, esophagus, larynx, and stomach

Oral Health

  • Smokeless tobacco can cause recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay
  • Other oral side effects include staining of teeth, loss of taste, and bad breath

Reproductive Health

  • Smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy highly increases the risks for preeclampsia (i.e., a condition that may include high blood pressure, fluid retention, and swelling), premature birth, and low birth weight.
  • Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells
  • Smokeless tobacco is associated with sexual dysfunction


Save The Date!

  • February 17 – 23 marks Through With Chew Week, a week designed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco.
  • The Great American Spit Out, on February 21, occurs in conjunction with Through With Chew Week and is a day when smokeless tobacco users are encouraged to quit for a day and, ultimately, quit for good.

Celebrate Tobacco Free UND by participating in Through With Chew week and the Great American Spit Out!

As part of the Pursuit of Wellness, stop by the Memorial Union on February 21 from 11 am – 1 pm to learn more about smokeless tobacco and get armed with quit resources such as a free quit spit kit!

Are You in the Pursuit of Better Grades?!…

Are you in the pursuit for better grades?! Well, it’s that time of year again…The Pursuit of Wellness is coming to campus once again January 9th! The Pursuit of Wellness is a game designed for UND students to learn the correlation between wellness and academic success. Students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of existing campus activities, all of which connect to at least one of the 7 dimension.pursuit_slider_teaser

The Pursuit of Wellness will be played from January 9th – February 27th. Students can complete the game at their own pace by picking what days and what activities they want to participate in.

Incentives will be placed throughout the game for encouraged participation among UND students. Winners of the prizes, including the winner of the ULTIMATE POW Challenge will be announced at the Wellness Expo at the UND Student Wellness Center on February 27th.

Students will have 7 weeks to attempt to receive all 7 WOW’s. There will be several chances to earn a WOW from each of the 7 Dimensions, featuring an activity from a different dimension every day, of each week. At each activity, students will ASK for a Wristband of Wellness, referred to as a “WOW,” indicating that they fulfilled one of their 7 Dimensions (e.g. Red WOW = Physical; Yellow WOW= Intellectual; Green WOW = Environmental; Indigo WOW = Social; Purple WOW = Spiritual; Blue WOW = Occupational; Orange WOW = Emotional). Don’t forget to ASK!

Add your activity or event to the game board.
Submit your application for your activity to be included in the Pursuit of Wellness Challenge. Fill out this event submission form ( return it to Karina Wittmann or mail to STOP 8365, Attn: Karina Wittmann for your event to be considered. All applications must be submitted by December 14th, 2012.

UND Student Health Services Hours for Friday, November 23rd

Please note that UND Student Health Services will be open from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Friday, November 23rd (the Day after Thanksgiving Holiday) to serve students.

Students can make an appointment by calling 777-2605 or use our Online Appointment Form. You may also call 777-4500.  We do our best to work in students who have an urgent medical situation, but it is best to call ahead to minimize delays.  Please call in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

If students need care after hours, non-emergency services are available at Altru Urgent Care, which is located next to the Emergency Room at Altru Hospital on South Columbia Road. For information call 701-780-5968.

In the case of an emergency, please dial “911” or proceed to the Emergency Room at

Altru Hospital.Altru Hospital

1200 S. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58201



Please Note: Student and/or student’s health insurance provider are responsible for the costs of emergency and non-emergency after hours care (to include Office Visit and any other applicable ancillary service charges). 

Exception:  In the event student is a Student Blue subscriber and SHS is closed, an Authorized Referral may be issued.  When an Authorized Referral is issued the Copayment Amounts will be waived for Office Visits and Emergency Services from a Participating Health Care Provider.  An Authorized Referral does not guarantee payment of benefits. Benefits for services received as a result of an Authorized Referral are subject to the conditions, limitations and exclusions of this Benefit Plan. Benefit payment will be denied if the Subscriber is not covered under this Benefit Plan on the date the services are provided.

After hours care is also available through several local community providers:

Altru Family Medicine Center              8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1380 S. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Altru Family Medicine Residency         8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (conveniently located on UND Campus)

725 Hamline St
Grand Forks, ND 58203-2819

Aurora Clinic                                      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1451 44th Ave S Unit F
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Aurora Urgent Care                             8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Dr. Cedric Masa – Julie Solberg, PA-C – Dr. Matthew Viscito, MD
2650 32nd Avenue South, Suite D
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Let’s work together to make UND Tobacco Free!

November 15, 2012 marks the 37th annual Great American Smokeout. The event is nationally recognized and held on the third Thursday in November each year. Started by the American Cancer Society, the event challenges tobacco users to abstain from tobacco for the day or plan in advance to quit smoking that day. More recently, the event has been expanded to promote awareness and compliance with tobacco free policies as well as enhance awareness of quit tobacco resources.

How can you show your support?

(1) Come to the Health and Wellness Hub in the Memorial Union on Tuesday November 13 and Wednesday November 14 to pick up a FREE T-shirt (while supplies last) with a commitment to wear it on Thursday. T-shirts will be given to those willing to speak to TEN other individuals about UND’s tobacco free policy and quit tobacco options utilizing the resources provided to them.

(2) Contact a Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (contact information below) to sign up to volunteer for at least a ½ hour on Thursday November 15th from 11 am – 1 pm. Go to various locations around campus and hand out mints attached to business cards which outline the policy OR hand out thank you cards to those individuals following UND’s tobacco free policy.

(3) Follow UND’s tobacco free policy

(4) Quit tobacco (for the day or for life!)

Keep your eyes peeled for outreach booths throughout the week and the many others supporting the Great American Smokeout by wearing Proud to be…Tobacco Free UND t-shirts!

For more information about UND’s tobacco free policy and quit tobacco options, please visit or stop in the Health and Wellness Hub in the Memorial Union and pick up a Quit Kit!

Mark your calendars for November 15 and join the movement to be tobacco free!

If you have any questions, or want to get involved contact Julia Geigle, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator or contact Emmanuel Adjei Boateng, Tobacco Prevention GSA at 701-777-2097.

Just the Facts

Kick Butts Day is Wednesday, March 21st

In honor of Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 21st, the Healthy UND Tobacco Free Campus Task Group is taking the opportunity to highlight the tobacco free campus policy and quit tobacco options.  Kick Butts Day, founded by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is a national day to raise awareness about tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death and disease.

UND is a tobacco free campus, which means tobacco use in any form is not allowed on university property. Tobacco use is allowed on city streets and sidewalks adjacent to these streets.  Each and every UND community member, including students, administrators, faculty and staff, play an important role in ensuring the success of this policy.   Here are some things you can do to support a tobacco-free UND:

We encourage those who use tobacco to take advantage of the following services to help you quit:

Free telephone or on-line support and free nicotine replacement medications

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to promote a healthy learning environment on campus!


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