Health Benefits of a Tobacco-Free Campus
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States, responsible for an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year.
Based on data collected in the late 1990s, the US Centers for Disease Control estimated that adult male smokers lost an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lost 14.5 years of life because of smoking.
Smoking has been proven to negatively affect every major organ in the human body, by living
tobacco-free, your overall health is significantly better than that of smokers and tobacco users.
Smokers who quit before age 50 have one-half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with continuing smokers.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, living tobacco free provides countless other benefits, including
More stamina for work and play.
Whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Cleaner smelling clothes, furniture, and car.
Secondhand smoke has no place in public indoor areas and workplaces, because it causes and
triggers disease. Secondhand tobacco smoke, also called "Environmental Tobacco Smoke"
contains more than 130 toxic chemical compounds. More than 60 of these are known carcinogens — chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
In all, the EPA estimates 38,000 nonsmoking Americans die every year due to preventable
exposure to secondhand smoke.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to develop asthma, and other
health concerns such as ear infections, and reduced lung functions.
Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of having low birth
The scientific evidence shows that there is no "safe" level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Within 20 minutes of last cigarette
• Blood pressure returns to normal
• Pulse rate returns to normal
• Temperature of hands and feet return to normal (improved circulation)
Within 8 hours
• Oxygen levels return to normal
Within 12 hours
• Carbon Monoxide levels drop
Within 24 hours
• Chance of heart attack decreases
Within 48 hours
• Smell and taste improvement
• Nerve endings start to re-grow
• Bad breath improves
Within 2 weeks to 3 months
• Cough and phlegm disappear
• Risk of colds, flu, and pneumonia decrease
• Walking becomes easier
• Lung function increases up to 30%
Within 1 to 9 months
• Coughing, sinuses, congestion, and shortness of breath decrease
• Cilia re-grow in lungs, increase ability to handle mucus, clean lungs and reduce infection
• Body’s overall energy increase
After 1 year
• Risk of heart disease is cut in half that of a smoker
After 5 years
• Lung cancer death rate decreases by almost half
• Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker
• Risk of moth, throat and esophagus cancers is cut in half
After 10 years
• Lung cancer death rate similar to that of a non-smoker
• Pre-cancerous cells are replaced
• Risk of other cancers decrease
After 15 years
• Risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker
*U.S. Surgeon General’s 2004 report, "The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon
The Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Worker Health." American Cancer Society, 2005.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Smoking and Tobacco Use. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/