Tuesday, September 8, 2009

College in Tobacco State Going Smoke-Free

Congrats to the University of Louisville!

On November 19, 2009, the University of Louisville will begin its transition toward becoming a smoke-free campus. While some smoking areas will be designated temporarily, the campus will go entirely smoke free in June, 2010. Congratulations to president, Dr. James Ramsey, and the university leadership for making what must have been a difficult decision. Bucking the powerful tobacco industry and facing down disgruntled smoking student and university workers are no easy tasks. You did the right thing!

Tobacco use costs our nation more than $150 billion annually. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Yet, there is hope – if tobacco users quit by age 30, their life expectancy is comparable to that of non-smokers. And, stopping tobacco use at any age can bring improved health.

Along with instituting a smoking ban, I encourage the University to make comprehensive cessation counseling, quitlines and medications available to all employees and students. Smoking cessation treatment is one of the highest ranked preventive health services – very positive health impact and cost effective.

I’m very proud of my alma mater and encourage all campuses throughout the United States to become smoke-free.

Diane M. Canova, JD
Managing Senior Fellow
& Senior Program Officer


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