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Why should our college be smoke, tobacco and vape free?

Breathe Easy CCAC A Smoke and Tobacco Free CampusCollege campuses are communities where people of all ages learn and work. They have a unique opportunity and responsibility to provide a safe environment and foundation for healthy living for all who use their spaces.

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Colleges that adopt a 100% smoke or tobacco free policy report the following benefits: 

  • Savings on institutional spending associated with fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Reduced medical insurance costs
  • Campus enhancement and improved professional image of college
  • By adopting a smoke, tobacco and vape free policy, our college can make an enormous impact on the lifelong
    health of the students, faculty and staff that live, learn, and work here.
  • Colleges should prepare their students for the working world where most employers have tobacco-free
    policies. Faculty and staff should encourage students to quit while cessation and support services are
    readily available to them.
  • In 2013, tobacco companies were spending nearly $30 million per day on marketing. Previous
    campaigns used cartoons to appeal to children before Congress banned it. Today they rely on
    flavoring, attractive packaging, easy sales (like vending machines and websites), social media, and
    more to recruit young people as replacement smokers.
  • Limiting smoking to designated smoking areas has been found to encourage tobacco use by creating a
    social environment for daily and non-daily tobacco users. By increasing the number of individuals
    smoking in one area, students are more likely to believe that more people smoke than actually do. This
    misperception may also contribute to increased tobacco use.
  • Tobacco is a sensitive plant prone to many diseases and requires huge chemical inputs: up to 16
    applications of pesticide are recommended during one three-month growing period. Every year 27
    million pounds of pesticides are sprayed for tobacco production alone. Aldrin, Dieldrin, and DDT are
    among the chemicals used. Methyl bromide, widely used as a fumigant in developing countries,
    contributes significantly to ozone depletion.
  • There are also concerns about high levels of these pesticides leading to the development of resistance
    in mosquitoes and flies, making the control of diseases much more difficult.
  • Each year nearly 600 million trees worldwide (roughly 35 million trees in the U.S.) are destroyed to
    provide fuel to dry tobacco and paper to roll it. This equates to one tree destroyed for every 300
    cigarettes. Globally, tobacco curing requires 11.4 million tons of solid wood annually.
  • At least 4.5 trillion [non-biodegradable] filter-tipped cigarettes are deposited annually somewhere in
    the world. A study done on the aggregate composition of litter for all U.S. roadways found that
    tobacco products, predominantly cigarette butts, were the most frequently counted littered item.
  • Eliminating cigarettes and the smoke they emit would be equivalent to taking 3.5 million cars off the
    road.
  • Cigarette smoke contains polonium 210, a radioactive element. One study shows that a person who
    smokes 20 cigarettes a day receives a dose of radiation each year equivalent to about 200 chest x-rays.
  • If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the
    people that smoke today, about 650 million people, are estimated to die from tobacco related causes
    Please visit www.healthypeople.gov for more information on tobacco and smoking.