The clinic has placed posters around the campus displaying that the pop star was wrong and that students can get help quitting tobacco. The Health and Wellness Services provide SLCC students a variety of health education services.
Taylor Adams, a student attending Salt Lake Community College, has been a smoker for two and a half years. The posters around campus caught her attention as she was walking to class her MATH 1010 class.
“I started smoking soon after I graduated from high school. I’m aware of the health risks but I can’t seem to stop smoking on my own. I’m a fan of Miley Cyrus so when I saw her lyrics attached to the posters I gave it my attention and realized that I can get help from school.”
Almost one third of college students are addicted to cigarettes
Adams falls into the 28 percent of college students who are addicted to cigarettes. Whether the addiction commences through social pressure, stress, or misinformation, SLCC’s Health and Wellness Services are helping and providing information to students through the Freedom from Smoking programming. The $40 Freedom from Smoking Program is a seven-week tobacco cessation program. Students meet for seven weeks in hopes to quit smoking.
“I’m joining the program. I’ve set up a meeting with Peter Moosman who is the faculty advisor of the program. I want to get better and don’t want do be dependent on a drug,” says Adams.
Health and Wellness wants students to know that “We can stop”
The Miley Cyrus lyrics may have sent the wrong message to her fans by claiming they “can’t stop”, but the lyrics did the opposite for Taylor Adams. It triggered interest and made her realize that she can stop her addiction and receive help.
The Health and Wellness Services are located at the South City campus room 1-143 and at the Taylorsville campus room SC035. If you want to get help quitting tobacco call (801) 957-4268.