DID YOU KNOW?
- Overall health and ethical conduct of the university is the primary focus of a tobacco-free policy.
- The health of all, including tobacco users, is emphasized by a 100% tobacco-free policy.
- At least 811 colleges and universities have already enacted a 100% tobacco-free policy. 1, 177 are totally smoke-free.
- Peer land grant institutions, such as Montana State University, Oklahoma State University, Washington State University and the University of Nevada, have already adopted tobacco-free policy.
- The University of New Mexico and University of Texas at El Paso have tobacco-free policies.
Annual Economic Impact of Tobacco Use
$$$ Tobacco use costs Americans $193 Billion each year $$$
$$$ Tobacco addictions costs NM $461 Billion in healthcare costs & $493 Billion lost productivity annually
$$$ NM tax burden from tobacco related government expenditures = $561 / household $$$
$$$ Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows insurance companies to charge 50% more for health insurance premiums for smokers $$$
Ten Reasons For NMSU To Be Tobacco Free
- College and university campuses offer unique opportunities for promoting social norms that support healthy living and lifestyle choices.
- If you smell tobacco smoke, you are breathing in cancer-causing chemicals.
- Trillions of cigarette butts are littered into our environment annually. Each cigarette takes 25 years to decompose.
- The tobacco industry relies on young people initiating use of tobacco in order to replace the 430,000 tobacco users who die each year from tobacco-related causes.
- A tobacco-free NMSU will create a cleaner living, learning, and working environment, especially people with asthma and other respiratory problems.
- A tobacco free NMSU will prepare students to work in increasingly tobacco-free work environments.
- Enhance NMSU’s identity and public image as a health promoting culture.
- A tobacco-free NMSU will support those who are trying to quit tobacco and will promote quit attempts.
- Reduce the rate of preventable diseases among NMSU students, faculty, & staff.
- Join a global movement to develop tobacco-free colleges and universities and lead the way for all residents of southern New Mexico!
Dr. Susan Wilson
The American College Health Association (ACHA)
National College Health Association (NCHA)
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Department of Education