[ii] National Toxicology Program. Environmental Tobacco Smoke. May 2005. Available at: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/INDEX.CFM?OBJECTID=BE1BC080-F1F6-975E-74466837ED576E31.
[iii] Campaign for tobacco-free kids. Health Harms from Secondhand smoke. Available at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/index.php?CategoryID=19.
[iv] Campaign for tobacco-free kids. Health Harms from Secondhand smoke. Available at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/index.php?CategoryID=19.
[vi] Centers for Disease Control. 2000 Surgeon General’s Report-Reducing Tobacco Use. August 2000. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/sgr_2000/sgr_tobacco_chap.htm. Accessed June 2008.
[vii] U.S. Department of Health and Human Servs., The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary, at i (2006), available at <http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke/report/executivesu...
[viii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Secondhand Smoke. March 2008. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/secondhand_smoke/index.htm. Accessed June 2008.
[i] Graff, Samantha. Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. There is No Constitutional Right to Smoke: 2008.
A no smoking policy at CU would not eliminate a person’s choice to use tobacco products, these individuals simply would not be permitted to use these products on campus at CU where their personal choice negatively impacts the health of all people around them. An example of a current law using the same logic is driving while intoxicated. Laws that make driving under the influence of alcohol illegal do not take away an individual’s choice to consume alcohol, however it does limit where and when a person can choose to be under the influence. These laws are to protect the general publics’ safety as are no smoking environments.
Certainly smokers are a minority group, in terms of numbers – yes they do not make up the majority of our world, U.S. or campus population. However, Smokers are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Likewise, smoking is not a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution. Suggesting that smokers are an oppressed minority group is not only an uneducated argument, but can be extremely offensive to truly oppressed, underrepresented and underserved groups, such as students of color here at CU. Tobacco use is a choice.
CU cannot restrict who goes off campus nor when students choose to go off campus. Each time a student leaves campus it is their personal choice. We believe safety is a concern for students both on and off campus and this is why campus safety monitors not only the general campus grounds but also areas around the perimeter of campus. Students who choose to go off campus to smoke would not be treated any differently than students who choose to go off campus to study, eat, go out, etc.
CU will be working with the Boulder County Health Department and with representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods to address this potential impact.
[i] Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Tobacco Use Among Youth. December 2007. Available at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0002.pdf. Accessed June 2008.
Yes. Of student smokers, 73% reported they want to quit.
[i] Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Tobacco Company marketing to college students since the multistate settlement agreement was signed. http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0135.pdf.
[i] Centers for Disease Control. Fast Facts on Smoking and Tobacco Use. April 2008. Available at:
[i] The Bacchus Network. Top Facts: Spit Tobacco. November 2006. Available at:
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