November Is Tobacco Awareness Month

November 15, 2021


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The saying goes that “quitters never win,” but in the case of tobacco, quitters are the real winners. Without the right support, however, quitting can be incredibly challenging for many individuals. Currently, more than 70% of the 1.3 billion users worldwide lack access to the tools they need to quit successfully.

UTSA continues its support of employees and students committing to quit. This year, UTSA marks Eliminate Tobacco Usage Day on Thursday, Nov. 18, with a series of activities aimed at inspiring smokers to quit. Thursday events include: 

  • A one-hour “Commit to Quit” walk starting at the Pink Trail on Main Campus from 12–1 p.m. Meeting at the starting point on Ford Road and Paseo Del Sur.
  • Free cold turkey sandwiches and a snack and beverage for those participating in the wellness walk. 
  • The first 30 participants will receive a Rowdy New U Wellness Ticket. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, cigarette smoking is the principal cause of preventable death in the United States. It is responsible for one in five deaths — or more than 440,000 deaths annually. Tobacco use greatly increases a person’s risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and a host of other conditions.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. By quitting — even for one day — smokers can take an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Ready to make a change? Learn more about free programs UT System offers to employees.