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USF Sarasota-Manatee Going Smoke-Free


Their press release says it's just in time for New Year’s resolutions. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will become a completely smoke- and tobacco-free campus on Jan. 6.

Here's the details:

All smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited throughout the entire campus, both indoors and
out, but USF Sarasota-Manatee has provided students, faculty, staff and visitors a variety of resources to help them on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

All of the resources listed below are FREE to access, and many are also free for smokers’ family, friends and other loved ones who wish to quit smoking.

Resources to Help  Quit

Student Health Services now offers free smoking cessation counseling to all USF students and employees.

Each State of Florida health insurance provider has programs and resources available to participants and their dependents. Click here for more information.

USF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided through Magellan Health, supplies online tools and articles to support smoking cessation efforts. The EAP is available at no cost to employees and all members of their households.

The Gulf Coast North Area Health Education Center provides free smoking cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapies to anyone in the community who wishes to stop smoking.

Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) offers free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy for anyone wishing to quit smoking. The Quitline and their Online Web Coach are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Smokefree.gov has online experts and support mechanisms for people who wish to kick the habit. Step-by-step Quit Guides are tailored to different level of readiness to quit smoking, and the site offers challenges for those who like healthy competition to stay on track.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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