HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2010) – New Year resolutions began Jan. 1 for Lone Star College-Kingwood with the implementation of its new smoking ban. Students, faculty and staff are now only allowed to smoke in three designated smoking shelters, which are located by the parking lots where others will not have to be exposed to second-hand smoke.
“When our campus conducted its own smoking survey in September, almost 400 students and employees responded,” said LSC-Kingwood President, Katherine Persson. “Eighty-three percent of the respondents indicated that second-hand smoke was a concern for them with 73 percent of the respondents concerned about long-term health effects. While the respondent’s preferred smoking policy is to ban smoking everywhere on the LSC-Kingwood campus, more indicated that the best policy for us is to allow smoking only in shelters built for that purpose.”
The college’s smoking ban is in compliance with all colleges within the Lone Star College System. Violating the ban could result in disciplinary sanctions.
According to the American Cancer Society, the decision to quit smoking is important, but difficult to achieve. Smokers who want to quit but do not know how can follow the following recommendations from ACS:
- Instead of cigarettes try gum, modest exercise, or a brisk walk. Avoid eating new foods that are high in calories.
- On a note card, make a list of what you like and dislike about your tobacco use. Add to it and read it daily.
- Follow the four D's (delay, deep breathing, drink water, and do something else) to fight cravings.
- Don't store up cigarettes or other tobacco products. Never buy in bulk.
- Never carry tobacco products with you - try to keep them as far from you as possible. Put ashtrays, matches, and lighters away.
- If you have a craving, take ten deep breaths, holding the last breath while you strike a match. Exhale slowly, blowing out the match. Pretend the match was a cigarette by crushing it. Now immediately get busy on some work or activity.
ACS programs that smokers can participate in to help them stop smoking are Freshstart, a pragmatic approach to quitting smoking that focuses on active participation and group support, and Quit For Life, which provides evidence-based telephone and Web coaching to help tobacco users quit for good. The Quit For Life program is for serious quitters. After completing four telephone sessions, they get coupons for free patches. Booklets available are: Set Yourself Free: A Smoker's Guide, The Decision Is Yours, Living Smoke-free For You and Your Baby and The Smoke Around You.
Register for spring 2010 credit classes in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at LoneStar.edu/registration.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.