Great American Smokeout to provide smoking cessation aid on campus

November 9, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As part of the Nov. 17 Great American Smokeout, Purdue University students and campus organizations will combine with community efforts to talk to people about living smoke-free.

Purdue's Academy of Student Pharmacists, Colleges Against Cancer, Student Wellness Office and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County are partnering to provide information about smoking cessation services for Purdue students, faculty and staff.

Student Pharmacists volunteers and wellness office staff members will talk with the campus community about tobacco use and smoking cessation strategies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library in Stewart Center. They will have prizes for participating in the "Tick Tack KNOW!" trivia game.

Colleges Against Cancer  and Tobacco Free Partnership members will be outside the Class of 1950 building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hand out cold turkey sandwiches and information on smoking cessation.

Students interested in learning more about quitting can pick up a free "X-pack" at the Stewart Center location or in the Heine Pharmacy Building, Room 118. As part of the ongoing X-pack program, trained pharmacy students and staff offer free one-on-one cessation consultations.

The X-pack smoking cessation program is a joint collaboration between the Purdue College of Pharmacy, the Purdue University Student Health Center and the Student Wellness Office.

The Great American Smokeout is part of the American Cancer Society's Great American Health Challenge, a year-round initiative that encourages Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce their risk of cancer.

For more information about Purdue programs, call 765-494-WELL or the Purdue Pharmacy at 765-494-1374. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 800-227-2345.

Writer: Rebekah Piotrowicz, 765-496-3006,

Source: Stephanie Orstad, 765-496-3364,