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.

Additional Websites

Tobacco and Smoking

Maryland Clean Indoor Air Laws

Test Your Knowledge

What happens to your body after long-term smoking?

  • 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

How does smoking impact your lifespan?

  • 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

Will it be hard to quit smoking if I start?

  • In 2018, 55.1% of smokers made a quit attempt in the past year. Only 7.5% of smokers who tried to quit succeeded.

What will happen if I quit smoking?

  • 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.

Does smoking increase my risk of dying from COVID-19?

  • Yes
  • Admission to the ICU, intubation and mechanical ventilation, and death are all more likely outcomes for smokers

What are the financial impacts of smoking?

  • 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.

What chemicals are in a cigarette?

  • lead
  • tar
  • arsenic
  • acetone
  • formaldehyde
  • carbon monoxide
  • methanol
  • nicotine
  • about 600 total ingredients

What chemicals are in in e-cigarettes?

  • benzene
  • carcinogens
  • heavy metals: nickel, tin, lead
  • cadmium
  • nicotine

Are e-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes?

  • 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.

Are e-cigarettes less bad for you than traditional cigarettes?

  • 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.