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Ban smoking at all UH campuses


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 21, 2014

~~<p>Across the country, about 1,200 colleges and universities prohibit smoking indoors and outdoors on campus, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Of those, at least 811 ban tobacco use in any form. The numbers have tripled over the past three years as the University of California, the University of Guam, the University of Oregon and many others have recognized the leading role educational institutions play in the health and welfare of their broader communities.</p>
<p>A few years ago, it looked as if the University of Hawaii also would be at the forefront of this laudable national movement, which protects nonsmokers from lethal second-hand smoke and the social pressure to take up the addictive, deadly and expensive habit; smokers who may end up quitting or lighting up less; and the environment, as fewer discarded cigarette butts risk damaging Hawaii's land and marine ecosystems.</p>
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Across the country, about 1,200 colleges and universities prohibit smoking indoors and outdoors on campus, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Of those, at least 811 ban tobacco use in any form. The numbers have tripled over the past three years as the University of California, the University of Guam, the University of Oregon and many others have recognized the leading role educational institutions play in the health and welfare of their broader communities.

A few years ago, it looked as if the University of Hawaii also would be at the forefront of this laudable national movement, which protects nonsmokers from lethal second-hand smoke and the social pressure to take up the addictive, deadly and expensive habit; smokers who may end up quitting or lighting up less; and the environment, as fewer discarded cigarette butts risk damaging Hawaii's land and marine ecosystems. Login for more...



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