Tobacco Free

Keeping OHSU Tobacco-Free

On September 17, 2007 Oregon Health & Science University became a tobacco-free institution. We took this important step to create a healthier, more healing environment for our employees, students, patients and visitors. Since the tobacco-free policy went into effect in September 2007, we have reduced second-hand smoke on campus by 65 percent This site is intended to keep you informed about the initiative and provide you assistance and guidance in helping to support a tobacco-free OHSU.

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To ask a question or share your feedback about the initiative, contact us at free@ohsu.edu

Un-Hooked: The OHSU Tobacco-Free Story Contest. Read the winning entries

Tobacco's Toll in Oregon

  • 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