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Montreat College is a TOBACCO-FREE Campus




Resources for Quitting Tobacco Use

Contact the Montreat College Wellness Center (828-669-8012 x 3536) to receive more information about quitting tobacco use and the resources available.

You are up to seven times more likely to quit smoking with the Quitline than if you try to quit on your own.

The Quitline is a free, confidential service that pairs you with a quit coach - someone who knows what works and what doesn't when you want to quit. Your quit coach will help you create a game plan for quitting and stick to it.

The Quitline is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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Freedom From Smoking®

The FFS® program uses a positive behavior change approach to assist a group of smokers through the quitting process. This eight-session program provides participants with tools, techniques, and support that are essential to quitting smoking successfully. All classes are led by a trained facilitator. The program uses a positive behavior-change approach that teaches you how to become a nonsmoker for good. For more information, visit the  American Lung Association of North Carolina. Or you can contact the numbers below:

In Buncombe County, The Black Mountain Health Initiative 828-669-3174 or Mission Hospitals 828-213-0296.

In Mecklenburg County, Simmons YMCA 704-716-6611 or Mecklenburg County Health Dept 704-336-3317.

Health Effects of Tobacco Use

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Nearly 1 of every 5 deaths in the US is caused by smoking.

More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.

Smoking causes cancers of the lung, bladder, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, cervix, kidney, pancreas, stomach and leukemia.

Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US.

Smoking doubles a person’s risk for stroke.

Smoking causes death from chronic obstructive lung disease.

Smoking increases risk for infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and SIDS.

Smoking lowers bone density and increases risk of fractures.

Exposure to secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease. These include heart disease and lung cancer in adults and SIDS, respiratory and ear infections, asthma, and slowed lung growth in children.

There is no “safe” level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Outside smoke is still toxic and can cause disease.

(Adapted from a Centers for Disease Control fact sheet, 1/08.)


Montreat College is committed to providing students, employees, and guests with a safe and healthy environment.  Therefore, the college is a tobacco-free campus.

It is the policy of Montreat College that tobacco use is not permitted on property owned or leased by the college.  At the request of the Montreat Presbyterian Church (EPC), the church’s building and property is included.  This policy also applies to tobacco use inside vehicles while on property owned or leased by the college.  Prohibited tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff and pipe tobacco.