President Barack Obama has already guaranteed not to smoke cigarettes in the White House. If his administration maintains its way, American college students will in the near future be demanded to follow suit while they are on college.
Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will declare a national effort on November 14 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health to eliminate cigarette use on college areas.
“We are watching a public health development to make smoking history and defend people from taking up cigarettes in order that they have a preventing chance to enjoy their full potential for health,” Koh said in a declaration published by the University of Michigan, a tobacco-free area since July 2011.
“Putting into action this initiative will get closer to a concept that tobacco-related illness is uncommon and lung cancer — the leading cause of cancer death in the country — is rare.”
Koh will declare the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, apparently part of Health and Human Services’ national Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan, which will make other establishments of higher education to follow smoke-free policies.
“Twenty million college students, around a third of all teenagers in this country, are registered in higher education,” added University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network executive director and Koh advisor Clifford Douglas. “Through their campus programs, colleges and universities have a particular chance to have an impact on a student’s every day life.”
Quite a few colleges have already approved to become tobacco-free under their own accord. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights state that 774 American college campuses had removed smoking by July 1, together with 562 that prohibited tobacco completely, as outlined by USA Today.
- McHenry County College goes tobacco-free Oct. 1
- UC Campuses To Become Tobacco-Free From January 2014
- Michigan to Reduce Smoking Among Youth