Tuesday’s story explained that by 2012, most colleges and universities in Oregon will be smoke-free.
As for OHSU, the university decided to snuff-out smoking on campus in 2007.
Why did we do it?
A few key reasons from our Web site
- Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and illness
- Tobacco contributed to 6,921 deaths in 2005
- Oregon residents are four times more likely to die from tobacco-related causes than from motor vehicle accidents, suicide, AIDS and homicide combined
- Second-hand smoke causes an estimated 800 deaths annually
- Tobacco use cost Oregonians more than $2.2 billion in 2005
Prior to our no-smoking campus designation, the OHSU Smoking Cessation Center was established to assist those who would like to quit.