Nicotine is a fast-acting drug that is extremely addictive. Tobacco dependence is a serious, chronic condition, and it can take several attempts to quit, whether trying to quit cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or chewing tobacco. Fortunately, quitting can and has been done and CHEW is here to help you quit.
CHEW works to promote a healthier campus community through activism and awareness against the harms of tobacco use.
Programs and Services
Students who are interested in quitting smoking or vaping can set up an appointment to discuss techniques for cessation and can work with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Specialist to build a quit plan.
Tobacco and Smoking
Maryland Clean Indoor Air Laws
- Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy
- PDF Document: Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act
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- Development of diseases (like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes)
- Problems with the immune system
- Weakened bones
- Tooth loss and gum disease
- Erectile dysfunction in males
- Smokers die 10 years earlier on average than nonsmokers
- Leading cause of preventable death, causing 7 million deaths per year worldwide
- 5.6 million of Americans currently younger than 18 are expected to die prematurely from smoking
- In 2018, 55.1% of smokers made a quit attempt in the past year. Only 7.5% of smokers who tried to quit succeeded.
- Within 2 to 5 years of quitting, your risk for stroke drops to the same risk of stroke as a non-smoker.
- Within 5 years of quitting, your risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half.
- 10 years after quitting smoking, your risk of dying from lung cancer drops by half.
- Admission to the ICU, intubation and mechanical ventilation, and death are all more likely outcomes for smokers
- Using the average cost of cigarettes, it will cost $2,292 per year to support a habit of a pack a day.
- It will cost $22,920 after 10 years.
- carbon monoxide
- about 600 total ingredients
- heavy metals: nickel, tin, lead
- A recent CDC study found that 99% of all e-cigs sold contain nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), despite claiming on the package to contain no nicotine.
- One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a 20 pack of cigarettes.
- JUUL is one of the few e-cigs that use nicotine salts. This allows high levels of nicotine to be inhaled with less irritation.
- They both contain carcinogens and chemicals found in insecticides, car exhaust, rubber, paint solvents, household cleaners, etc.
- They both contain nicotine, an addictive substance that harms the developing brain until age 25.
- Scientists are still learning about long-term health effects of e-cigs.