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Tobacco Use

Tobacco Policy

TRU is becoming a Clean Air Friendly Campus and as such developed a tobacco policy that came into effect in 2014. TRU is now a smoke-free campus except in nine designated smoking areas, which are shown on the map below.

Please note that tobacco products include all lit and smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, cigarettes, medicinal marijuana, and any similar device.

Download copy of new policy
Map of designated smoking areas

Tobacco Use

Are you ready to quit or cut back your tobacco use? Not yet convinced? Well the following table illustrates the positive changes your body will go through if you decide to make the healthy choice to quit smoking* (maybe this will convince you):

**Note: Time periods mentioned are to be taken as a general measure only, will vary from individual to individual and are dependent upon the length of habit and amount smoked. Over time, if no permanent damage has been done, the ex-smoker approaches the status of someone who never smoked.

Within 20 minutes after the last cigarette**
  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Skin temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
After 8 hours
  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops
  • Oxygen level in the blood increases
After 24 hours
  • Chance of heart attack is reduced
After 48 hours
  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
After 72 hours
  • Bronchial tubes relax and breathing becomes easier
  • Lung capacity increases
In 2 weeks - 3 months
  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function may increase up to 20%
In 1 -9 months
  • Coughing, sinus congestions, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases remarkably
  • Cilia start to re-grow in the lungs (increases the ability of the body to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection)
  • The body's overall energy level increases
After 5 years
  • Pre-cancerous cells are replaced
  • Chance of other cancers - such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases (there are 50 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer)

*Table developed by the Royal Inland Hospital Cardio-Pulmonary Therapy Unit

Campus Quitting Resources

TRU Tobacco Education Clinic

tobacco education

This is a group of second-year respiratory therapy students who have received education and training to be your on-campus quitting resource. They are there to help support you in your quitting efforts by offering information, assistance, and physical assessments. Contact the TRU Tobacco Education Clinic for more info or to book an appointment.

Other Quitting Resources

FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Medications

Did you know that if you live in BC and have a Personal Health number (Care Card) that you can receive 12 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therpay (nicotine patch or gum) and possibly quitting meds (Champix and Zyban) for free? Contact Healthlink BC at 811 or check out their web site

Tobacco Free Tuesdays

Are you wanting to quit using tobacco but might not be quite ready to quit for good? Well what about just one day to start with?

If this sounds like something you are interested in you can register to WIN PRIZES!! Go to the QuitNow website and enter NOW! The next Tobacco FREE Tuesday contest happens on February 5th.

Quit Now Resource

This is an amazing site to help you succeed with your quitting attempt. You can register to receive text message reminders and encouragement. This is our Provincial go-to quit site!

Quitters Unite

Another great site to recieve motivation and encouragement from other tobacco users who get the challenges of quitting, but also know it can be done!

Additional Links

Quit Now

A FREE on-line cessation support group.
Source: BC Lung Foundation

KGo Smoke Free

Source: Health Canada

Quitters Unite!

A new quitting site for the younger generation!

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