- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
- Smoking reduces normal life expectancy by an average of 13 to 15 years.
- Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
- Secondhand smoke is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
- The Surgeon General of the United States has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and establishing smoke-free environments is the only proven way to prevent exposure.
- Smoking contributes to 48,000 deaths a year.
- Both the 2014 and 2015 surveys indicate support for a smoke-free campus. (2014 = 49%, 2015 = 50% smoke free + 7% smoke and tobacco free = 57%).
- In response to the degree of positive change on the campus from 2014 to 2015, 54% indicated that it has ‘improved’ or ‘greatly improved’ since designated smoking areas were established in 2014.
- Although significant progress has been made in making SCC a healthier campus with designated smoking areas, 63% still feel that stronger actions are needed to reduce second hand smoke on campus.
- Over 50% of respondents would like to see stronger enforcement of the smoking standard, and 51% indicate using fines (money) as the preferred method of enforcement.