Resources to help quit smoking
On July 1, in compliance with the State of Illinois’ Smoke-Free Campus Act and other applicable state laws, Illinois State University will become smoke- and tobacco-free. This change will prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco on campus property. Campus property as defined by the Smoke-Free Campus Act includes buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles that are owned or operated by state-supported institutions of higher education. The establishment of this smoke- and tobacco-free environment provides a cleaner, healthier environment to live, learn, teach, work, and play.
Illinois State University joins more than 700 colleges and universities nation-wide that have smoke- and/or tobacco-free policies creating environments that support the entire community’s wellbeing. Please note that until July 1, the current university Smoke and Tobacco Use Policy is still in effect. The policy website will be updated with the new policy adapted to reflect changes in Illinois State law as well as updated maps outlining areas that are smoke- and tobacco-free on July 1.
Cessation Resources Available
If you can picture yourself tobacco-free, there are numerous campus and local resources to support your efforts.
Quit Kits and additional resources on quitting are available by visiting the Health Promotion and Wellness office in 187 McCormick Hall anytime during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the academic year, Quit Kits are also available at the G Spot, Health Promotion and Wellness’ mobile wellness gazebo.
Student Health Services Pharmacy
Over-the-counter cessation products are available to students, faculty, and staff to purchase at the Student Health Services Pharmacy located in the Student Services Building.
Students may also call Student Counseling Services at (309) 438-3655 to speak with a counselor about quitting. Faculty and staff counseling resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program at (866) 659-3848.
Medical Provider Assistance
Students may make an appointment with a medical provider to talk about quitting. Please contact Student Health Services at (309) 438-APPT (2778). Faculty and staff are encouraged to talk with their health care providers as well.
Faculty and staff of Illinois State should also check with their group insurance providers to inquire about tobacco cessation programs offered at a lower cost.
Illinois Tobacco Quitline
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) provides cessation counseling over the phone. Residents of McLean County who access the Illinois Tobacco Quitline may be eligible to receive 4 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy FREE of charge through the McLean County Health Department in cooperation with this service. For more information, visit Illinois Tobacco Quitline website.