CSULB To Go Tobacco Free in 2016
2015-10-27 · By Editor
Jane Close Conoley, President of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), in collaboration with campus constituencies, launched a campus-wide smoking cessation promotion called the Breathe Campaign and website, a positive education effort to promote public awareness of the health risks of tobacco use and exposure to smoke, including vapor. This is in advance of going tobacco free in fall of 2016.
“My goal is not to punish smoking, a very powerful addiction, but to offer help to those trying to quit. Research demonstrates the adverse health effects of smoking on both users and bystanders. The Breathe Campaign sends an affirmative reminder that everyone’s health depends on each of us,” said President Conoley.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report in 2014 blamed smoking for 480,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. Tobacco use was linked in this report to 12 types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis.
In 2013, the student body voted to institute a smoke-free policy. President Conoley established a campus task force to develop a campus tobacco and smoke-free policy and implementation plan. Central to its work is the development of the Breathe Campaign to ensure those most affected by the outcome of the referendum continue to feel like highly-valued members of the campus community.
Task force members represent all campus constituencies, including the population who use tobacco products. Its members include representatives from the Academic Senate, Associated Students, Human Resources, Student Health Services, Student Affairs, California Faculty Association, Student Union, Athletics, Carpenter Center for Performing Arts, College of Continuing and Professional Education’s American Language Institute, President’s Office, Administration and University Police.