Quitting at College: Drop the Butts!

by Alexis Montgomery

For most of us, college is a time of change, a time for us to branch out and experiment in order to find out who we are and what we want to do with our lives. Unfortunately, this means that an alarming number of students will pick up a cigarette and inadvertently form a lifelong habit.


Students' smoking outside a graffitied garage door.
Students smoking at school.

Or maybe you started at a younger age and now have no idea how to stop. You may feel that the stresses of college will make it too hard for you to quit, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you’re in college, now is the perfect time to take your last drag and put out that cigarette for good.

Why quit?

"...the longer you do it, the harder it is to quit."

You know that smoking is a prevalent cause of lung, throat, and mouth cancer and a major contributor to other forms of cancer. But it can also cause disorders like asthma, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke. It can even affect your circulation and your skin. In short, smoking can make your life a whole lot worse, and the longer you do it, the harder it is to quit.

What’s nice about quitting when you’re young is how fast your body can bounce back. In terms of stress, quitting will actually lower your blood pressure and heart rate (don’t forget, nicotine is a stimulant). And once you’re body starts to rebound, you’ll be breathing easier (literally) as the cilia in your lungs regain function and clear out the mucus that’s been building up. Those library steps won’t seem quite so daunting once your lungs are working at full capacity.

But you probably have a pretty good idea why you should quit, so the question is, how? There are a multitude of methods, from going cold turkey to cutting back slowly to using medication or smoke-free nicotine supplements, so you may have to look around a bit to find the one that works best for you, but you should also take advantage of the resources at hand. Smoking is as much a mental habit as a physical one, and that is the aspect that makes quitting so hard.

Free services

"...most colleges campuses offer free counseling and health services."

Luckily, most colleges campuses offer free counseling and health services, so don’t hesitate to seek them out. Experts generally agree that having the mindset of a quitter can make all the difference, so you have to start by identifying yourself as a non-smoker. After you take the first step, your counselor can offer you literature and insight on how to make your journey to non-smoking a success, as well as suggest other health services that can benefit you.


Feeling the stress of finals? Don’t reach for your secret stash. Instead, see if your campus is one of the many that has a resident masseuse with discounts for students. You may have access to all sorts of resources that you never even thought of, so take the initiative and find out what they are. It’s sure to be one of the best changes you make during your tenure in college.


Alexis Montgomery is a content writer for Online Colleges, where you can browse through various online degree programs to find a college that suits your needs.

The views of the writer do not necessarily affect the views of ECigaretteDirect.co.uk.

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