Letter to the Editor on Behalf of Colleges Against Cancer

Clearly says “Thank you for not littering”

It is time for the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior to take a lead­er­ship role in the com­mu­nity and go tobacco-free. UMD, St. Scholas­tica, LSC, and WITC already have poli­cies in place for smoke-free or tobacco free cam­puses, as do mul­ti­ple other schools through­out the UW-System.

In 2003, all UW-System res­i­dence halls went smoke-free and in 2010, work­places and pub­lic places in Wis­con­sin joined them.  The Amer­i­cans for Nonsmoker’s Rights Foun­da­tion recently released their updated list of tobacco-free col­lege cam­puses.  To date, 16 Wis­con­sin cam­puses encom­pass­ing 57 sites have made the move to a tobacco-free cam­pus, indoors and out.  For the health and pro­tec­tion of all stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, let’s make the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior the next col­lege to fol­low this pos­i­tive trend.

But isn’t it enough to just go smoke-free?  “Why tobacco-free?” you might ask.  Here’s why:

  • Tobacco-free cam­puses cre­ate a health­ier and greener envi­ron­ment for stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff
  • A tobacco-free envi­ron­ment pro­vides moti­va­tion for tobacco users to get the help they need to quit for good
  • Going com­pletely tobacco-free makes imple­men­ta­tion and enforce­ment of pol­icy easier

The facts are the facts.  Tobacco in all its forms is dan­ger­ous.  Let’s take a pos­i­tive step and make UWS a bet­ter place for all of us.

Col­leges Against Cancer

Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion at UW-Superior

1600 Catlin Avenue, Supe­rior, WI 54880

CAC@uwsuper.edu

Image cour­tesy of Josh Lee — The Stinger
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