Resolution on a Tobacco-Free Twin Cities Campus
- Whereas numerous studies have found breathing secondhand
smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) as a cause of disease in
healthy nonsmokers, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and
lung cancer (USDHHS, 2006); and
- Whereas the American College Health Association has
encouraged all college campuses to become tobacco free (ACHA,
- Whereas the 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report "The
Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke" concluded that
there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (USDHHS, 2006); and
- Whereas the Public Health Service's National Toxicology
Program has listed secondhand smoke as a known carcinogen (USDHHS,
the University of Minnesota
Employee Benefits Department estimates that smokers cost the Uplan a minimum of $4.35 million in claims per year.
- Whereas sidestream smoke and
mainstream smoke contain many of the same chemical constituents, including at
least 250 chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic (USDHHS,
- Whereas, based on findings by the California Environmental
Protection Agency in 2005, the California Air Resources Board has determined
that secondhand smoke is a toxic air contaminant, finding that exposure to
secondhand smoke has serious health effects, including low birth-weight babies;
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); increased respiratory infections in
children; asthma in children and adults; lung cancer; sinus cancer, and breast
cancer in younger, premenopausal women; heart disease; and death (CEPA, 2006); and
- Whereas 825 colleges and universities, small and large,
public and private, throughout the country have enacted 100% smoke-free campus
policies to protect people against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke (and
of these, 610 have a 100% tobacco-free policy) (ANRF,
- Whereas more than 30 colleges and universities in
Minnesota (including the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the University of
Minnesota, Duluth, Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato,
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, and Winona
State University ) have enacted
100% smoke-free campus policies (ANRF, 2012); and
- Whereas the 2008 Opinion Survey on Tobacco Use and Exposure at
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus indicated that students, staff, and
faculty report strong support for a policy prohibiting smoking on the entire
campus (BHS, 2008); and
- Whereas the 2010 College Student Health Survey shows that for both
nonsmokers and smokers at the University of Minnesota, on campus is the most
commonly reported location for exposure to secondhand smoke (BHS, 2010); and
- Whereas the University of Minnesota provides tobacco cessation
counseling for students, staff, and faculty; and
- Whereas 99% of smokers
started smoking before the age of 26. According to the Surgeon General, if a
student does not start smoking in college it is highly unlikely they will
become a smoker.
The Social Concerns Committee resolves to support efforts for a 100%
tobacco-free campus policy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
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college and university campuses. Retrieved April 28, 2011, from http://www.acha.org/Publications/docs/Position%20Statement%20on%20Tobacco_Sep2009.pdf.
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. (2011,
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secondhand smoke as a "toxic air contaminant" [News release].
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Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking
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