On November 18, 2010, the Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program (MTCP), which is housed at the NYU College of Dentistry, took to the streets of NYU's downtown campus with staff and student volunteers to support the Great American Smokeout (GASO). The MTCP set up a table outside of NYU's Bobst Library, and students from both the NYU College of Dentistry and the NYU College of Nursing were on hand along with Diana Zraik, MPH, Program Coordinator for the Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program.
"Having a table at NYU's Bobst Library was a great experience," said Ms. Zraik. "Our table was set up as a reminder to the NYU community that there are free services available through the New York State Smokers' Quitline to help people quit."
The area in front of Bobst is heavily trafficked, with a constant stream of students, faculty, and administrators entering and exiting the library. MTCP and its student volunteers sought to engage smokers in a discussion about their options to quit.
"I think it was great for awareness," said Chun Pae Cho, a third-year dental student. "The location of the table was smart and well planned. The library staff were really appreciative of our presence and commented on the secondhand smoke exposure they experienced."
"This was my first experience in smoking cessation awareness," said third-year dental student Navid Mehranpour. "I think it was a great opportunity to promote the issue of smoking cessation. I often see students smoking outside of Bobst and think it is really important to help students become aware of the services available."