Quit Challenge Backs Tobacco-Free Pledge - SUNY Cortland

Quit Challenge Backs Tobacco-Free Pledge

 Quit Challenge Backs Tobacco-Free Pledge

09/10/2013 

Healthy lungs, fresh breath and freedom from an expensive addiction might not be incentive enough for some members of the SUNY Cortland community to quit smoking or stop chewing tobacco.

So how about a week in the Adirondacks or an iPad Mini?

As the College begins its second full semester as one of the SUNY system’s first tobacco-free campuses, SUNY Cortland is offering prizes to faculty, staff and students who manage to kick the habit for most of the 2013-14 academic year.

The Quit and Win Challenge, set to launch next month, will give tobacco users an opportunity to earn prizes for kicking their unhealthy habits. SUNY Cortland officially became a tobacco-free campus in January, banning the use of cigarettes, cigars, chaw or any other tobacco product on campus.

An information session outlining the details of the tobacco-free challenge will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

In short, students and employees will be able to earn monthly incentives and grand prizes for their ability to quit. Faculty and staff members will be eligible to win big prizes that include a weeklong getaway to Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, a one-night stay at the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House and a Kindle Fire.

Students can win an iPad Mini or one of two Kindle Fires.

The challenge kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, and requires a person to quit until at least Thursday, May 1, to be eligible for the top prizes.

Regardless of whether or not smokers opt to participate, they are asked to be considerate of SUNY Cortland’s neighbors by disposing of used tobacco products properly and by avoiding routinely congregating in the same location if they smoke on the perimeter of campus.

The College remains committed to providing many different avenues to help tobacco users quit, including a comprehensive tobacco-free website. The site outlines the policy, provides information on the dangers of tobacco, suggests ways to ask people to stop using tobacco and offers even more resources for people who would like to quit.

For more information on the Quit and Win Challenge or SUNY Cortland’s tobacco-free efforts, contact Marie Blanden, secretary in the Division of Student Affairs, at 607-753-4721 or Catherine Smith, health educator in the Health Promotion Office, at 607-753-2066. 


More News

Chancellor Zimpher to Start Listening Tour at Cortland

Chancellor Zimpher to Start Listening Tour at Cortland

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will start her statewide TeachNY listening tour at SUNY Cortland


Ceremony to Honor Late Veteran William Phelps ’69

Ceremony to Honor Late Veteran William Phelps ’69

A military service will be held May 21 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cortland.


Baseball’s National Title Defense Emphasizes ‘Fun on the Field’

Baseball’s National Title Defense Emphasizes ‘Fun on the Field’

An inaugural “Fun on the Field” event provided male mentors for 28 local boys.


Fraternity’s Giant Baby Bottle Effort Promotes Change

Fraternity’s Giant Baby Bottle Effort Promotes Change

A fraternity collected hundreds of dollars in loose change in a 12-foot cylinder symbolizing a baby bottle.


Nation’s Top Health Agency Taps Professor as Expert

Nation’s Top Health Agency Taps Professor as Expert

The CDC relies on Diane Craft, a professor of physical education, as its subject matter expert for early childhood physical activity.


Corporate Challenge Registration Due Thursday

Corporate Challenge Registration Due Thursday

The College will take a team to the 3.5-mile run/walk on Tuesday, June 7.


ASC Themed Dinners Earn National Recognition

ASC Themed Dinners Earn National Recognition

Three prizes bring to 13 the number of medals ASC has won since 2006.


Two Earn SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards

Two Earn SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards

Maddy Scozzie and Connor Griffin are recognized for academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement.


And Mother Made Two at Commencement

And Mother Made Two at Commencement

The mother-daughter duo in cap and gown was an unusual sight this year.


Teacher Keeps Promise, Travels 1,500 Miles for Student’s Graduation

Teacher Keeps Promise, Travels 1,500 Miles for Student’s Graduation

When a sport management major graduates Saturday, the teacher who changed his life will travel more than 1,500 miles to witness it.


Explore

Visit

Contact