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Tobacco Cessation

Support to Quit Smoking or Vaping 


The Student Health Center's tobacco cessation program will help individuals seeking to get started on quitting smoking or vaping. Participants can choose among seminars, classes, or individual counseling facilitated by our Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Janice Iglesias, MPH, MCHES.


Topics include tobacco triggers, managing stress, dealing with social situations and coping with withdrawal symptoms. Our Tobacco Cessation Specialist will follow up with each participant after they have completed the program to continue assisting them along their quit journey. Participants will receive quit kits that include gum, lollipops, peppermint candies, honey straws, toothpicks, various handouts on cessation and campus health services and a reusable water bottle. 


Individuals interested in beginning the quitting process or those who would like to simply learn more for a future quit date are welcome to attend. All sessions are free and confidential, and open to all OCC students, staff and faculty.

 

To schedule an appointment or request more information, please contact our Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Janice Iglesias, at 714-432-6832 or jiglesias@occ.cccd.edu




Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus 


OCC moves to smoke and tobacco-free campus starting Fall 2020

OCC cares.  We want to create a healthy environment for all those who visit our campus.  We know that smoke and tobacco are a major cause and contributor to early death due to their part in the development of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other conditions. The students, faculty, staff, and administrators of OCC are happy to announce that we are now a 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus.


While we might not support smoking on campus, we want to support smokers.  We have free resources for those who want to quit.   The OCC Student Health Center is providing free smoking cessation services, including an individualized program for participants to develop quit strategies and helpful follow-ups. Sessions are confidential, free, and open to all OCC students and employees.


What specifically is the new policy?

The Coast Community College Administrative Procedure (AP) 3570 states, "Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited on all Orange Coast College property, including in all buildings, student housing, exterior open spaces, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, stadiums, recreational spaces, and practice facilities. Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all District-owned or leased vehicles."


"Smoking is the heating, burning, or vaporizing of any material to be inhaled. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (vaping), cigars, hookahs, and pipes. Tobacco use includes the use of any tobacco or tobacco-like product, chewing tobacco, or tobacco substitute such as vaping liquids."

(BP 3570AP 3570)


Who does this policy apply to?

The policy applies to everyone who comes onto the OCC campus: students, employees, and any visitors.


Does this include smoking marijuana?

Yes. In accordance with BP 3550 and AP 3550 Drug-Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program, smoking and vaping of marijuana are prohibited at all District and College sites and facilities, including outdoor areas and parking lots, and in all District-owned or leased vehicles.


Can I smoke in the student housing?

No, student housing is on district property and therefore is governed by the CCCD policy.


Can I smoke in my car?

No, a vehicle parked on an OCC parking lot is still on district property and must be moved off-campus if you want to smoke within the vehicle.


Are there places I can smoke/vape?

Smoking is allowed on public spaces off-campus, for example, the public sidewalks.


Tell me more about cessation support.

The Student Health Center's tobacco cessation program will help individuals in their quitting smoking or vaping. Participants can choose among seminars, classes, or individual counseling facilitated by our Tobacco Cessation Specialist. Sessions are free, confidential, and open to all OCC students, staff, and faculty. To schedule an appointment or request more information, please contact Janice Iglesias, Tobacco Cessation Specialist, at 714-432-6832 or jiglesias@occ.cccd.edu


Anyone interested in smoking cessation is also encouraged to explore the free services offered by the California Smokers Helpline at 1-800-NOBUTTS (1-866-639-5864).



Vaping Health Advisory


The Student Health Center (SHC) is committed to promoting and creating a healthy campus environment for all to learn and work at Orange Coast College. Due to recent reports of sudden, severe lung illness and deaths associated with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the SHC seeks to inform our campus community about the dangers of vaping. Vaping refers to the practice of inhaling aerosol emitted from an e-cigarette device (i.e., "vape pens", "vapes", "mods", "JUULs"), which heats a liquid that may contain various flavorings, nicotine, marijuana (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), heavy metals, and other potentially harmful chemicals.


As of October 1, 2019,  there have been a total of 1,080 cases across the U.S of individuals hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage associated with the use of e-cigarettes, including eighteen confirmed deaths. Patients reported the following symptoms a few days or a weeks after e-cigarette use:

  • Cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, fever, or weight loss

The SHC urges everyone to refrain from using e-cigarettes.  This recommendation is especially critical for those who have never used or do not currently use tobacco products, youth, young adults, and pregnant women.  Among those hospitalized in California, nearly half were teenagers and young adults and 30% were treated with a mechanical ventilator, or "life support," in the intensive care unit.


All individuals are at risk of lung damage when they inhale a foreign substance into their lungs. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and have recently used, or are currently using, an e-cigarette product, please seek care from your healthcare provider or visit the SHC (714-432-5808).


Cessation resources for those wishing to quit smoking/vaping are available at no cost at the SHC in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency Tobacco Use and Prevention Program.

  • Student Health Center Tobacco Cessation Program. Free classes, seminars and individual counseling available to all OCC students and employees. Contact Janice Iglesias at 714-432-6832 to schedule an appointment or get more information.  
  • 1-866-NEW-LUNG (639-5864). Free tobacco quitting services and nicotine patches for teens and adults are available throughout Orange County in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Please view Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information about the dangers of vaping and weekly case updates on the multi-state outbreak of lung injury.