NOW IS THE TIME TO COMPLY!
Your compliance with the LSU tobacco-free policy creates a healthier environment for all members of our LSU family.
Please refrain from using any and all tobacco products--including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless (chewing) tobacco--on the LSU property. Campus grounds include campus buildings; on-campus housing; open spaces, like the Parade Ground and Quad; athletic facilities and fields; and Greek houses.
Failure to comply with PS-118, LSU's tobacco-free campus policy, can result in a violation of the Code of Student Conduct that will be noted in your disciplinary record. You may be required to meet with Student Advocacy & Accountability to determine an appropriate outcome based on your offenses. Outcomes may include:
- mandatory educational trainings
- required involvement in on-campus smoking cessation programs, and/or
- restriction on your ability to hold an office or become a student leader
Visit lsu.edu/saa to learn more about the Code of Student Conduct and processes LSU uses to determine outcomes.
REMINDER: LSU is 100% tobacco free, indoors and out.
The entire LSU community has the responsibility to eliminate tobacco use on our campus. LSU became 100% tobacco-free on Aug. 1, 2014. All SEC campuses and more than 1,500 campuses nationally have no-smoking policies in place.
The benefits of having a tobacco-free campus include major reduction in tobacco litter than costs LSU an estimated $37,000 a year to clean up while reducing environmental damage to campus flower beds and the LSU Lakes. Exposure to secondhand smoke is eliminated. A quarter of the campus population is sensitive to tobacco smoke. Even small amounts of secondhand smoke can trigger allergy and asthma attacks in sensitive people. These can be life threatening.
While these campus policies are supported by state law (ACT 211) and the governor’s Well Ahead program, many groups have come together to support tobacco policies, including The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and Tobacco-Free Kids.
The cost of smoking in Louisiana is staggering. At least 6,200 adults die each year from their own smoking. Approximately 98,000 kids now under 18 alive in Louisiana will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. The annual state health care costs directly caused by smoking is $1.89 billion. State campus tobacco policies can reverse these trends.
The most recent Surgeon General’s Report points out that if young people can remain tobacco free until age 26, more than 90 percent will never smoke.
Young people are increasingly turning to vaping products, such as e-cigarettes, under the belief that they are safe. While they do have fewer carcinogens than cigarettes, the vapor still contains harmful elements, such as formaldehyde and heavy metals. The FDA is only now beginning to regulate e-cigarettes, and one of the concerns is that e-cigarette batteries can explode (similar to the batteries in hover boards that were prohibited on campus in 2015).
All of us, smokers and nonsmokers, must be involved in enforcing tobacco policies on state campuses. All of us have a stake in creating a tobacco-free generation.
Thank you for your compliance and support!
Tobacco-Free Kids warns that the Trump Administration and the new Congress pose a serious and immediate threat to the progress made in reducing tobacco use.
Specifically, tobacco companies and their allies are pushing to:
• Gut FDA rules protecting kids from candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars,
• Slash tobacco prevention programs,
• Take away smoking cessation coverage for people with private health insurance and Medicaid, and
• Repeal smoke-free public housing protections.
Left unchecked, they have the power to make it happen.
Altria – the country's largest tobacco company – even gave half a million dollars to fund Trump's inauguration, earning their executives an exclusive dinner with Trump and Pence!
You can make a difference! Donate to TFK.org so that the fight can continue. Watch for legislation that will weaken the progress made in the fight against tobacco use and contact your Congressmen and ask them to defeat these efforts!
CDC SMOKING & TOBACCO NEWS
- MMWR: Quitting Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2000-2015 January 5, 2017
- MMWR: Characteristics of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2015 December 29, 2016
- MMWR: Consumption of Combustible and Smokeless Tobacco—United States, 2000-2015 December 8, 2016
- MMWR: State Medicaid Expansion Cessation Coverage and Number of Adult Smokers Enrolled in Expansion Coverage—United States, 2016 December 8, 2016
- MMWR: Vital Signs: Disparities in Tobacco-Related Cancer Incidence and Mortality — United States, 2004–2013 November 10, 2016
- MMWR: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2015 November 10, 2016
- MMWR: State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Adults Aged ≥18 years – United States, 2014 October 6, 2016
- MMWR: Current Cigarette Smoking, Access, and Purchases from Retail Outlets Among Students Aged 13–15 Years — Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 45 Countries, 2013 and 2014 September 1, 2016
- MMWR: Tobacco Advertising and Promotional Expenditures in Sports and Sporting Events—United States, 1992–2013 August 18, 2016
- MMWR: Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking — United States,2002–2005 and 2010–2013 August 4, 2016
CDC’s Call to Action
Tobacco use causes at least 12 types of cancer.
Cancers linked to tobacco use make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed.
Cigarette smoking causes 3 in 10 of all cancer deaths.
The CDC has released a new call to action for states/communities and individuals as provided below:
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. It can cause not only lung cancer — but also cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia.
Each year, 660,000 people in the US are diagnosed with and 343,000 people die from a cancer related to tobacco use.
We have made progress: more than 1 million tobacco-related cancer deaths have been avoided since 1990 because of comprehensive cancer and tobacco control programs, early detection of cancer, and improvements in cancer treatment.
However, not all states or all people have experienced the benefits of these efforts. When states make greater and longer investments in comprehensive cancer and tobacco control programs, fewer people use tobacco and get or die from tobacco-related cancers.
States and communities can:
- Support comprehensive cancer control programs focusing on cancer prevention, education, screening, access to care, support for cancer survivors, and good health for all.
- Fund comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs at CDC-recommended levels.
Make tobacco cessation treatments more available to people who want to quit.
- Protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke in all indoor public places and worksites, including all restaurants, bars, and casinos.
Healthcare providers can:
- Ask all patients whether they use tobacco products, advise those who do not use them not to start, encourage those who do to quit, and provide help with quitting.
- Help patients understand what cancer screening tests are needed and are best for them. Make sure their patients are screened on time.
- Let patients know that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and advise them to avoid it.
- Know which screening and counseling services are reimbursable to their practice.
- Quit using tobacco or never start. Quitting at any age will help you avoid getting cancer. Ask a healthcare provider for help quitting and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to www.smokefree.gov for free assistance.
- Encourage friends, family, and coworkers to quit using tobacco.
- Teach children and adolescents about the health risks of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
Make their home and vehicle 100% tobacco free and not allow anyone to use any tobacco products around children.
- Learn what cancer screening tests and vaccines are right for them and their family.