Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

Smoking Cessation

Oakland University is now smoke-free. Please respect our policy.

I started smoking when I was eighteen years old. I have been smoking for twelve years and I started smoking so that I could get breaks working in the restaurant industry.

While many people are aware of the risks of things such as lung cancer and heart attacks that are associated with cigarettes smoking. What many young people are unaware of it is also substantially increases your risk for things like stroke, bladder cancer and even wrinkles and impotence that can occur in young people.

I’ve decided to quit smoking because I am thirty years old right now and I would like to have children one day and I’d like to be around for my grandchildren. The piece of advice I would give to others who are trying to quit smoking is utilize the resources that you have available. Resources that I like is the health coaching at Rec Well. It allows me to stay accountable to someone other than myself.

If you’re struggling with quitting, consider wellness coaching. Students get six free sessions with a wellness coach. For more information visit our website at Oakland dot edu slash smoke free OU.
Quit Smoking
Thinking about quitting smoking or chewing? Want to help someone else who is thinking of quitting smoking or chewing?

Using tobacco affects nearly every part of your body, as well as the smoker’s friends, loved ones, and pets. The good news is that health begins to improve almost immediately after quitting. 

The 18-24 year old age group continues to have the highest smoking rate among all adults. We know that some students begin using tobacco in college, thinking that they will quit before graduation. Unfortunately, many find quitting harder than they thought it would be. But still most students who smoke want to quit before they graduate. 

No matter your age, you will see immediate benefits when you quit. Within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate drop. In 24 hours, your risk of heart attack decreases. In 48 hours your nerve endings adjust to the absence of nicotine. In 72 hours your lung capacity increases, making it easier to breathe. 

If you do use tobacco, we can help. 
  • Quit kits are now available for pick up from Kresge Library, the OU Student Congress Office, the Recreation Center and Graham Health Center. Open hours vary by location. 
  • Develop a personalized plan to quit through individual coaching sessions and iQuit emails. 
  • Discuss medication and counseling options with our health care providers.
  • You may qualify to receive free nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges. Call your insurance company to find out if you are eligible.
Services are offered to part-time and full-time OU students and staff.   
On-campus resources
Freedom From Smoking classes 
The  Freedom From Smoking ® group classes includes eight sessions (over 7 weeks) and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The class encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. Please  register. Class day and time to be determined by class participants. 

The classes are FREE to Oakland University students and employees. If you are interested in taking a FFS class please fill out the  FFS class form

iQuit Program (Individual Coaching Sessions + emails) 
Recreation and Well-being offers free tobacco cessation coaching via a wellness coach to help YOU successfully quit tobacco. This is a FREE service to students.  Sign up here. Employee services coming soon!

You will work with your coach to: 
  • Establish a support system for tobacco cessation, identify behaviors that inhibit tobacco cessation, and create a plan to quit.
  • Get information and support on how to quit and stay quit.
  • Explore options, including medications and behavior change strategies that work for you!
What's the next step?
The first step is to actually picture yourself smoke-free. Go ahead...visualize it.  YOU, smoke-free. Quitting is huge, but picturing yourself as a non-smoker is a very small first step. You can do it.   How does it feel? 

The second step, Ask yourself, "What is one reason to quit smoking?" Just come up with one reason and write it down. 

The third step, look at the resources on and off campus. Choose one resource to help you quit.  Register for a Freedom from Smoking class.  Schedule an individual coaching session to help you quit smoking.  Request a FREE  Picture Yourself Smoke-free Quit Kit. Download an app. You have choices. Start today. 

OU Health Plan Benefit 
Check your OU insurance for compensation regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy and smoking cessation programs.  

Other Insurance Plans
Check your insurance carrier for compensation regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy and smoking cessation programs.  
Online &
Other Resources
Mobile Apps: 
Mobile Resources:
QuitBuddy - The American Cancer Society’s QuitBuddy is a simple SMS tool to help smokers stay motivated and informed as they quit smoking. Smokers trying to quit are encouraged to text QUIT or BUDDY to 22723 whenever they feel the urge to light up. QUIT will send back helpful information about the benefits of smoking cessation and links to mobile Web pages with additional resources. BUDDY sends back funny messages of encouragement and support to help ward off a bad craving.

SmokefreeTXT - SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service designed for young adults across the United States. SmokefreeTXT was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers stop smoking for good.  Sign up by texting QUIT to IQUIT (47848) from your mobile phone, answer a few questions, and start receiving messages.

Internet Resources: 
Different people need different resources as they try to quit. The information and professional assistance available at can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker. allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs. 

Michigan Tobacco Quitline: Free or low-cost help to quit smoking. 
The  Michigan Tobacco Quitline offers free telephone coaching to help quit smoking. You may also qualify for free one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit.  Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free quit smoking support, including quit coaching, educational materials, and referrals to local resources.

For more information or to receive Quitline referral cards, please contact Melanie Stone at the Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-8745 or
Quitza: FREE
Quitza is the first social smoking cessation network. It offers you personalized statistics, awards you for milestones, and keeps you motivated to quit. 

Become an Ex: FREE 
The  EX Plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible. They even have an app for that (The EX Plan).

QuitNet: FREE 
QuitNet is the world's largest and most comprehensive online quit-smoking service. It offers the tools and support you need to quit and stay quit.  Get support from smokers that are quitting and ex-smokers alike. From simple smoking cessation tips, to shared experiences of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other quitting medication - the QuitNet community is designed to help members help each other quit smoking... for good! QuitNet's experienced counselors and practical quit smoking services - including medication advice, email support and a Q & A advice forum - will help you through the nicotine cessation process step by step. 

Additional On-line Resources
Tobacco Free U - Offers college students free on-line information, guides, and resources related to tobacco and quitting tobacco use. 

My Last Dip - MyLastDip is a free Web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.

Kill the Can - This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
Check these sites out for lots of resources to help you quit smoking, including quitlines, educational materials, Web sites, and support groups.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
PFIZER: GETQUIT Support Plan and or 1-877-CHANTIX
Information sponsored by the Pfizer describing the drug Chantix™ and a free support program including a step-by-step guide for preparing to stop smoking, emails or phone support for up to a full year, web site, coaches, etc. 

1-877-44U-QUIT (or 1-877-448-7848) 
Smoking cessation counselors are available to answer smoking-related questions, including quitting smokeless tobacco, in English or Spanish.
 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time. Call toll free.