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 a smoke-free campus. Please respect our policy.

Kyle's Story
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 can meet with a wellness coach for free to create a plan of action for success. For more information visit our website.
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.
Why should you quit?
  • Prolong your life
  • Improve your health
  • Improve the health of those around you
  • Feel healthier
  • Improve your sense of taste & smell
  • Save money
  • Stop polluting the air

No matter your age, you will see immediate benefits when you quit. 

What happens to your body when you quit smoking?

  • Within 20 minutes - 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
  • Within 2-3 weeks - your circulation improves
  • After 1-9 months - coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases
  • After 1 year - your risk of heart disease decreases to half that of a current smoker
  • After 5 years - your risk of stroke is reduced to that of people who have never smoked

If you use tobacco, we can help you quit. 

  • Quit kits are now available for pick up from the Recreation Center (Well-Being Suite), Kresge Library, and Graham Health Center. Open hours vary by location. 
  • Develop a personalized plan to quit 
  • 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.
On-campus resources
  • Quit Kits are available for pick up from the Recreation Center (Well-Being Suite),  Kresge Library, and Graham Health Center.
  • Schedule an appointment with the OU Counseling Center.
  • Discuss your options with the Graham Health Center.

You may qualify to receive free nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges. Call your insurance company to find out if you are eligible.  The above services are offered to part-time and full-time OU students and staff.   

Taking the Next Steps:
1) Explore different quit methods

2) Make a Quit Plan personalized for YOU

3) Stay busy - exercise, enjoy nature, chew gum/hard candy, drink lots of water, relax your mind & body with deep breathing, spend time with non-smoking people

4) Avoid Smoking Triggers - these are people, places, things, and situations that set off your urge to smoke.  Throw away your cigarettes, lighters and ash trays.  Replace caffeine with water.  Go to places where smoking isn't allowed.  Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods.  Change your routines to avoid the things that might associate you with smoking.

5) Stay Positive - Quitting smoking is very difficult so tackle it one day at a time.  Your days of quitting may not be perfect but focus on the benefits of quitting and the reasons why you decided to quit in the first place and stay optimistic. 

6) It's Okay to Ask for Help - You don't have to take on this huge challenge alone.  Tell your family, friends, coworkers when your quit day is.  Ask them to help support you through this journey.  The key here is to let them know exactly how they can best support you...don't assume they'll know.

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 is the first FREE social smoking cessation network. It offers you personalized statistics, awards you for milestones, and keeps you motivated to quit. 

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

QuitNet is the world's largest and most comprehensive FREE 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.