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CU Considers Smokefree Campus by tobaccofreeweld

Lung Association study finds fewer college students smoking

CU officials considering ‘smoking zones’ on campus
By Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer
Monday, September 8, 2008

By the numbers

For a copy of the American Lung Association’s report on smoking trends on college campuses, visit
1 in 5 — College students are considered regular smokers.
10 — The number of years CU Regent Michael Carrigan thinks it could take before CU goes smoke free.
30.6 — The percentage of college students who smoked in the 1990s.
51.5 — The percentage of CU students who said in a recent survey they’d prefer to ban smoking on CU’s three campuses.
430,700 — Estimated number of people who die each year from smoking-related diseases.
Source: The American Lung Association and the University of Colorado.

Fewer college students than ever before are regular tobacco smokers, despite being targeted by aggressive tobacco marketing campaigns, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.

The report, which provides an overview of tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses nationwide, found that about one in five college students are smokers.

The last time the rate of college-age smokers was that low was 1989, according to the study, although the number later peaked at 30.6 percent in the 1990s.
In a news release today, American Lung Association CEO Bernadette Toomey said colleges and universities still need to do more to protect students.
“Every college student in America has a target on their back as far as the tobacco industry is concerned,” Toomey said. “Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide safe spaces in which their students can learn and live. This should include an environment free from secondhand smoke and advertising that encourages young adults to use deadly tobacco products.”

At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Regent Michael Carrigan has been leading that same chargefor more than a year.

Carrigan has proposed banning smoking inside and out at the Boulder campus, and said this week that he believes it’s “only a matter of time” before all of CU goes tobacco free.
“It’s a national trend, and CU has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this and not the end of it,” he said.
According to the results of an unscientific survey conducted in November across CU’s campuses and administrative offices, a narrow majority — 51.5 percent — of respondents said they think the school should ban all tobacco use on the campuses.

Smoking indoors is already prohibited.
Figuring out how to do that, though, when so many students who live on campus would have to walk long distances to avoid breaking the rules, is still a big question.
“I can’t tell you exactly what that answer will be,” Carrigan said. “I am fully confident that 10-15 years from now, all of our campuses will be smoke free. The question is, do we want to be a leader on this issue or a follower?”
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said university officials are examining how to possibly create “smoking zones” outside of buildings on campus that don’t interfere with passing students.
“The challenge of implementing Regent Carrigan’s proposal is we don’t have uniform space between buildings,” Hilliard said. “We haven’t yet determined a way to make sure every building can have one of these zones.”
Hilliard said a draft proposal for creating such zones is being considered by Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for administration at CU.
“With the health conscience campus we have, it’s an important thing to look at,” Hilliard said.


Why Is Denver International Airport still Smoking? by tobaccofreeweld
August 21, 2008, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Laws, Secondhand Smoke, SmokeFree Colorado | Tags: , , ,
Why is Denver International Airport The Only Colorado Airport Allowing Indoor Smoking?
Thanks to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and the bipartisan support of many of our states’ elected officials, restaurants, bars, and other workplaces throughout the Centennial State

are free of secondhand tobacco smoke. And the state’s casinos went smoke-free on New Year’s Day 2008!


However, Denver International Airport, the state’s only remaining exempted public workplace,
continues to expose workers and travelers who patronize designated “smoking lounges” – exclusively contracted bar and restaurant establishments – to the health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke.





Denver’s old Stapleton International Airport was set to go smoke-free per the original version of Executive Order 99 issued by former Mayor Federico Pena in 1990. DIA was to be smoke-free as well. However, Executive Order 99 was stayed, and eventually amended in 1993, enabling construction of two “smoking lounge” concessions (now four) at DIA. 

Tobacco industry documents released as a part of the omnibus 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement clearly indicate the pro-smoking “public opinion,” as well as the two “smoking lounges” permitted via exclusive city contract, were bought and paid for by Big Tobacco.

The Health Risks of Secondhand Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure causes approximately 53,800 deaths per year in the U.S. This number is based on the midpoint numbers for heart disease deaths (48,500), lung cancer deaths (3,000), and SIDS deaths (2,300). The Environmental Protection Agency has found that fine particulate air pollutants can penetrate deeply into the lungs and have serious health effects, including increased respiratory symptoms and disease, decreased lung function, and alterations in lung tissue and structure.

The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke confirmed the known health effects of secondhand smoke exposure, including immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, and coronary heart disease and lung cancer. The report concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that establishing smokefree environments is the only proven way to prevent exposure. The report also finds that many millions of Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke despite substantial progress in tobacco control.

What’s Contained in Secondhand Tobacco Smoke?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that includes smoke from the burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe tip (sidestream smoke) and exhaled mainstream smoke.  Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including more than 50 that can cause cancer.

A 1992 Environmental Protection Agency report, Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking, provides a list of a few of the 4,000 chemicals and substances in secondhand smoke, several of which are cancer causing agents, including: benzene, 2-napthylamine, 4-aminobiphenyl, nickel, polonium 210 (radioactive), nitrogen oxides, N-nitrosodimethylamine, N-nitrosodiethylamine, N-nitrosopyrrolidine , 1,3-butadiene, analine, formaldehyde, hydrazine, N-nitrodiethanolamine, cadmium, benzo[a]pyrene, benz[a]anthracene, Y-butyrolactone, particulate matter, N-nitrosonornicotine, NNK, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonyl sulfide, toluene, acrolein, acetone, pyridine,3-methylpyridine, 3-vinylpyridine, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, methylamine, dimethylamine, nicotine, anatabine, phenol, catechol, hydorquinone, cholesterol, quinoline, Harman, zinc, benzoic acid, lactic acid , glycolic acid, succinic acit, PCDDs and PCDFs (Dioxins, Dibenzofurans), formic acid, acetic acid, and methyl chloride.