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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
http://www.lungusa.org.
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.

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