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Tobacco-free Campus

QuestionS & AnswerS

Q: Why should I stop smoking?

A: Smoking causes not only cancer but also heart disease and lung disease, including emphysema, bronchitis and chronic airway obstruction.

A: Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing 443,000 deaths per year.

A: On average a smoker will die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Smoking also increases the length of time people will live with a disability by two years.


Q: Why not just switch to smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco or snuff?

A: Chewing tobacco and snuff are just as deadly as smoking tobacco.

A: More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.


Q: What is the truth about secondhand smoke?

Tobacco Free Campus

A: 49,000 deaths per year are from secondhand smoke.


Q: How are children affected by secondhand smoke?

A: Being around smokers increases children’s risk of asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


Q: What about women who smoke?

A: Women who smoke are subject to adverse effects on reproduction:

  • Infertility
  • Preterm delivery
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight

A: Female smokers are also likely to suffer from lower bone density, increasing their chances of bone pain or breakage later in life.


Q: Where do I go to get information on smoking and tobacco use?

A: The following websites should are helpful:



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