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In efforts to maintain a healthy environment for all its students, faculty, staff and visitors, Union College has become a tobacco/smoke-free environment effective July 1, 2016 The initiative, which bans tobacco use within the buildings and/or on the ground owned or leased by the College, is the product of a combined student, faculty and staff task force. Over the course of the upcoming year, the Task Force for a Tobacco/Smoke-Free Union will lead the College's efforts of a tobacco/smoke-free campus.

Tobacco/Smoke Free Environment Poster

Union College Policy:

Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus Policy

Upcoming events:

Get Ready to Stop Smoking Webinar

In support of A Union of Wellness, a Get Ready to Stop Smoking workshop is available as awebinar!  Provided by CDPHP, during this workshop participants will:  

  • learn about the negative impact of smoking and why it is so hard to quit
  • create an individualized quit plan
  • complete a self-assessment tool to identify your personal smoking triggers and plan coping strategies
  • learn about tools and resources available to help you quit

You can view the webinar any time of day! For your convenience, the workshop handouts are attached.

To access the webinar:

  1. To view the online event: Click here.
  2. Select the “Playback” Option.
  3. Complete the registration information (e.g. First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Company Name, and as applicable, CDPHP Member ID/Birth Date).
  4. You may choose to view using the WebEx add-on or Java. 
  5. At the end of the webinar, a Survey Monkey evaluation will appear, please take a few minutes to provide feedback on this program.

Workshop Handouts

 

Resources:

For CDPHP members:

Worksite Wellness Programs:

  • CDPHP offers a one-hour program wellness workshop called Get Ready to Quit Smoking. This program empowers participants to identify personal reasons to quit smoking and create an individualized plan that promotes successful strategies for quitting and remaining smoke-free. Taught by a CDPHP health promotion specialist, the program costs $100 per class. This offering will also soon be made available via a free webinar.

  • The Butt Stops Here is an on-site smoking cessation program. St. Mary's/Seton Health offer a multi-session smoking cessation program to employees and non-employees on-site at Union. CDPHP will cover the participant fee for any CDPHP member who registers and completes the program. Non-CDPHP members can also participate in this on-site program for a $45 fee. The fee covers the cost of program materials, which may include some over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies like nicotine gum or patches. The minimum number of participants for this program is 8 and the maximum is 15.

Other tools and resources:

  • CDPHP's smoking cessation counseling member benefit covers comprehensive tobacco control programs offered through a physician/trained educator in a physician's office. Members may receive up to four tobacco counseling visits or support sessions per year in addition to tobacco cessation medications.

  • The Butt Stops Here program is offered throughout the Capital Region at community locations. CDPHP will cover the participant fee for any CDPHP member who registers and completes the program. Members can call (518) 459-2550 for more information or to sign up.

  • Ellis Family Health Center in Schenectady offers an ongoing program. Call 518-382-2260 for information.

  • CDPHP members can talk to a health coach about quitting smoking by calling 1-800-365-4180 or logging in to the secure member portal at www.cdphp.com. Health coaches are available 24/7.

  • Members can complete the online health support program called Quitting Smoking. This online, interactive program offers members who are thinking about quitting smoking support to do so.

  • E4 Health/LifeScope EAP offers a range of resources, including access to work/life consultants, tip sheets, dial-in support groups, workshops and discussions.

For students:

  • Students can access smoking cessation resources through the Wicker Wellness Center. The center provides access to aids such as patches, gum, inhalers, Bupropion and Chantix. Pills and inhalers are billed to insurance. Wicker also facilitates the bulk purchase of patches and gum.

  • Individual and group smoking cessation counseling through the Counseling Center.

Open to all:

  • The Butt Stops Here program is offered throughout the Capital Region at community locations. The cost is $45, which covers program materials, such as over-the counter nicotine replacement therapies like nicotine gum or patches. CDPHP will cover the participant fee for any CDPHP member who registers and completes the program. Call 518-459-2550 for more information or to sign up.

  • Ellis Family Health Center in Schenectady offers an ongoing program for a $45 fee. Call 518-382-2260 for information.

  • The New York State Smokers' Quitline provides information and support for smoking cessation. Speak with a certified smoking cessation counselor by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Visit their website at www.nysmokefree.com to access resources.

  • The Tobacco Quitline offers information and counseling both in NYS and nationally. Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or go to www.smokefree.gov.

Group Acupuncture Therapy:

Updated as events are scheduled.

Other tobacco cessation support resources: