Resources to Quit Nicotine:


Only for MWSU Students: The MWSU Counseling Center now offers Tobacco Cessation Services. You will be seen by a counselor and work with them to create a plan to quit. You will also be provided with nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches, and/or lozenges) to help you to succeed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Counseling Center at 816.271.4327 or counseling@missouriwestern.edu.


Per the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control;

Tobacco Use:

Tobacco use costs lives and money. Every year, almost 11,000 Missourians die from tobacco-related diseases. Missouri spends almost $3 billion annually to treat smoking-related illness. Additionally, Missouri spends over $3 billion annually in smoking-attributed productivity losses.

In Missouri

  • The adult smoking rate (19.4% in 2018) is the Tenth highest in the U.S.
  • The smoking rate for Missouri’s pregnant women has declined from 15.3%, more than double the national rate of 7.2%.
  • The smoking rate among high school students (9.2% in 2017) is only slightly higher than the national average (8.8%). When considering other types of tobacco such as spit tobacco and electronic cigarettes in addition to smoking, the rate of use among Missouri kids jumps to 20.8%.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by the age of 18 and 98% first try smoking by the age of 26.

What’s in cigarette smoke?

Cancer Causing Agents 
Nitrosamines
Crysenes
Cadmium
Benzo(a)pyrene
Polonium 210
Nickel
P.A.H.s
Diberiz Acidine
B-Napthylamine
Urethane
N. Nitrosonornicotine
Toluidine

Metals
Aluminum
Zinc
Magnesium
Mercury
Gold
Sliver
Titanium
Lead
Copper

And Much More
Acetone (nail polish)
Ammonia (Floor/Toilet Cleaner)
Arsenic (poison)
Butane (Cigarette Lighter Fluid)
Cadmium (Rechargeable Batteries)
Carbon Monoxide (Car Exhaust Fumes)
DDT/Dieldrin (Insecticides)
Hydrogen Cyanide (Gas Chamber Poison)
Methane (Swamp Gas)
Methanal (Rocket Fuel)
Stearic Acid (Candle Wax)

REALITY BYTES

Seventy-eight percent of MWSU students have not used tobacco products in the past year.

MWSU PIP Contacts

Primary:
Dr. Brett Bruner
Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students
816-271-5991
bbruner1@missouriwestern.edu

Secondary:
Katie Miron
Director of Counseling
816-271-4327
kmiron@missouriwestern.edu