- Why did PLU decide to go tobacco-free?
- Is being tobacco-free related to the university's mission?
- If I can't smoke anywhere on the PLU campus, where should I go to smoke?
- Is there a plan for dealing with employees, students, or visitors who choose to use tobacco across the street or on neighboring properties?
- Does this policy mean that I have to quit using tobacco?
- It's my right to use tobacco. How can you take away my right to smoke?
- How will the policy be enforced and will there be consequences if someone is caught?
- Is the university trying to dictate people's lifestyle choices?
- Did health insurance costs, for students and employees, play a role in the decision to go tobacco-free?
- Can people smoke in personal vehicles or PLU vehicles while on campus?
- Who will enforce these new guidelines?
- What can I do if I'm interested in quitting tobacco use?
- Who can I contact if I have questions or comments about the policy?
Common Questions with Answers
Why did PLU decide to go tobacco-free?
College campuses across the country are becoming tobacco-free. This decision has been prompted both by ongoing concerns for the health and wellness of the community and by recent calls from students, faculty and staff that the university act now to become a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. Certainly the ill effects of tobacco are well documented:
- The Surgeon General states that tobacco use in any form, active and/or passive, is a significant health hazard (Office of the Surgeon General).
- Environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a Class-A carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (US Environmental Protection Agency).
- Smoking is responsible for more deaths each year than drugs, alcohol abuse, car crashes, AIDS, murder, and suicide combined (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).