Our goal is to make the campus healthier by eliminating or greatly reducing secondhand smoke exposure through a comprehensive smoke-free campus policy in order to better the health of the St. Louis University Community.
smoke.free.slu was created in June 2007 when a handful of students recognized that smoke-free policies are necessary to protect the public health of this campus. In light of the Surgeon General's 2006 Report which concluded that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke and that smoke-free policies are the only effective way of eliminating the risks associated with secondhand smoke, the need for a smoke-free campus policy became clear. smoke.free.slu will work with students, faculty and staff to create a strong public education campaign on the need for a smoke-free campus and work to ensure its passage into University Policy.
- Create campus-wide awareness of the dangers and health hazards of secondhand smoke.
- Promote smoke-free policies as an effective way to improve the health of the community and advocate for the passage of a comprehensive smoke-free campus policy.
- Provide resources for people who wish to quit smoking.
Why do we need a smoke-free campus?
- The Surgeon General reports that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke.
- Breathing in secondhand smoke for even a short time can set the cancer process in motion.
- SLU prides itself with its public health programs, and reducing secondhand smoke exposure falls in line with our mission.
- Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air.
- 70% of college students do not smoke.
- Over 100 college campuses have become smoke-free.
- The EPA classifies secondhand smoke as a Class A carcinogen.
- College students are the only group with an increasing rate of smoking.
- Cigarettes are the number one cause of campus fires.
- Cigarettes add to campus litter and pollution.
What can I do to help?
- Become a member of smoke.free.slu by attending our meetings
- Sign up for the mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so you know what activities are going on
- Sign the petition to show your support for a smoke-free campus
- Join the smoke.free.slu Facebook group and invite your friends
- Talk to your friends, staff and faculty at SLU to get them talking about this issue