On Aug. 1, LSU joined 42 other state campuses and more than 1,200 national campuses that have tobacco-free or smoke-free policies.  In addition, all other SEC campuses have either tobacco-free or smoke-free policies.  To date, not a single college campus has rescinded its tobacco policy once established.

LSU’s policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on campus property.  This includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, pipes, water pipes, all smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff, etc.), and all non-FDA approved nicotine products. The policy applies to all members of the campus community and all visitors to campus.

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) that supports Fresh Campus student organizations on several state campuses through grants and programming. 

On the national level, the Surgeon General and the
Department of Health and Human Services have established the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative that supports campus policy formation.

A campus-wide committee was established at LSU last fall to formulate the campus policy and gain the community support necessary to get the policy approved and enacted.  LSU administrators have supported establishing a policy that will create a healthier community environment, will save at least $36,000 a year in tobacco butt cleanup and will help lower the smoking rates among undergraduates, which reached nearly 30 percent last year.  Smoking cessation support will be available for students, faculty and staff.

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.
Coincidentally, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Surgeon General report that outlined the dangers of smoking.  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.  

Louisiana has many resources to support smoking cessation.  TFL and Tobacco Control support the 1-800-QUITNOW phone counseling service.  The Smoking Cessation Program benefits all Louisianans who started smoking cigarettes before Sept. 1, 1988.  Mary Bird Perkins and other medical facilities in Baton Rouge, offer cessation classes.  Insurance companies are increasing paying for smoking cessation treatment.  

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 support -- and welcome to our tobacco-free campus!

Young Adult Tobacco Facts

1. Want a good job? Here’s a tip. Over 6,000 companies do not hire smokers.
    Source: Ozols JB. A job or a cigarette? Newsweek. February 24, 2005. Retrieved  online at http://www.workrights.org/in_the_news/in_the_news_newsweek.html.

2. Formaldehyde is one of the ingredients used in cigarettes. Yeah, it’s the same stuff used to preserve the dead frogs you dissected in Biology.
    Source: Baker RR. The generation of formaldehyde in cigarettes: Overview and recent experiments. 2006; 44(11): 1799-1822.

3. Studies show non-smoking women are the sexiest around. You can’t argue with scientific evidence.
    Source: Hines D, Fretz AC, Nollen NL. Regular and occasional smoking by college students: personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 1998; 83(3): 1299-1306.

4. Smoking causes excess belly fat. So that new diet probably won’t work if cigarettes are still on the menu.
    Source: Troisi RJ, Heinold JW, Vokonas PS, Weiss ST. Cigarette smoking, dietary intake, and physical activity: effects on body fat distribution: The Normative Aging Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1991, 53:1104-1111.

5. Think Fido and Kitty are cute? Second-hand smoke cause asthma and oral cancer in cats. Second-hand smoke also puts dogs at higher risk for nasal, sinus, and lung cancer.
    Source: Reif KS, Bruns C, Lower KS. Cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in pet dogs. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1998, 147(5):488-492.
    Source: Bertone ER, Snyder LA, Moore AS. Environmental tobacco smoke and risk of malignant lymphoma in pet cats. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002, 156:268-273.

6. Guys who smoke are more likely to have mutated sperm. How’s that for a Facebook status update?
    Source: Potts RJ, Newbury CJ, Smith G, Notarianni LJ, Jefferies TM. Sperm chromatin damage associated with male smoking. Mutation research/fundamental and molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis. 1999; 423 (1):103-111.


Steps to be Successful in Quitting

I AM quitting because I want to:

  • Live a healthier lifestyle
  • Lower my risk of heart attack, cancer and other illnesses
  • Avoid early wrinkles
  • Save money
  • Be an example for my friends and family

I WILL be successful if I:

  • Plan for success
  • Talk with a trained counselor at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • Visit http://www.quitwithusla.org/
  • Ask a doctor for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - patches or medication

I CAN deal with my cravings if I:

  • Chew  gum, eat hard candy or healthy snacks
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Talk with a friend who supports me
  • Take a walk or shower
  • Work on a hobby
  • Brush teeth

Why LSU is Tobacco-Free

LSU is doing its part to help create a tobacco-free generation.  Here are the direct benefits to the LSU community:
  • STAY CLEAN -- LSU spends $36,000 every year to clan up cigarette butts.  That money could be better spent caring for the campus' azaleas, crepe myrtles and live oaks.
  • STAY HAPPY -- Nicotine addiction can lead to depression, which can affect not only your social life, but also your studies.
  • STAY FUNDED -- A tobacco habit is expensive.  The average cost for a pack of cigarettes in Louisiana is $5.33.  Just a pack-a-week habit will cost you almost $278 annually.  That's like a two-year supply of Ramen noodles.
  • STAY ALIVE -- Tobacco-related illnesses kill 443,000 people every year in the U.S.  That's more than the entire population of New Orleans.
  • STAY RESPECTFUL -- Remember 70% of the LSU community does not use tobacco products, and 25% are very sensitive to secondhand smoke.  All of us have the right to breathe smoke-free air.

When you quit smoking...

1. Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal in 20 minutes

2. Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels drop by 50% after 8 hours

3. Body becomes carbon-monoxide-free after 1 day

4. Sense of taste and smell improve after 2 days

5. Energy increases and breath becomes easy after 3 days

6. Circulation improves within two to 12 weeks

7. Lung function increases after 3 to 9 months

8. Heart-attack risk drops by 50% after 1 year

9. Lung cancer risk drops by 50% after 10 years

10. Heart-attack risk becomes the same as non-smokers after 15 years

Uncomfortable feelings disappear quickly

1. Irritability lasts less than 4 weeks

2. Depression continues less than 4 weeks

3. Restlessness lasts less than 4 weeks

4. Poor concentration remains less than 2 weeks

Tips for smokers coming to LSU football games:

Please comply with the new tobacco-free campus policy.  Smoking and e-cigarettes continue to be prohibited in Tiger Stadium.  Bring chewing gum, hard candy or plastic straws to chew on.  Consider using nicotine gum or nicotine patches to be more comfortable during the game.  Use the same strategies you use on long airplane flights to make it through the game.  Find alternatives to stress reduction if the game is too exciting:  take deep breaths, drink a lot of water and tell yourself to be calm.  Of course, the best way to respect the new tobacco-free policy is to kick the habit while the Tigers are kicking the ball.

White teens take smoking cues from the movies

Media plays a significant role in influencing smoking habit among white kids. A report on kid smoking found that white teenagers who like to watch R-rated movies or have television sets in their bedrooms are more than twice likely to smoke than white teens who don't. But however, African American teens seem to be influenced less even though they watched more R-rated movies than their white classmates and are more likely to have their own TVs.
One possibility cited in the study was that black teens didn't relate as well to the movie characters because most were white. Other scientist found that programs that engaged children psychologically were the most effective in encouraging them to smoke. Nevertheless, the biggest factors influencing kid smoking were having best friends who smoked, being a thrill-seeker and having inattentive parents.
White teens take smoking cues from the movies, By Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
March 6, 2007

Nicotine Boost Was Deliberate

In recently years, manufacturers deliberately boosted nicotine levels in cigarettes to more effectively hook smokers. This study by Harvard researchers further confirmed a landmark Massachusetts Department of Public health study released last August, which showed that the amount of nicotine that could be inhaled from cigarettes increased an average of 10 percent from 1998 through 2004. However, the report did not address causes of the nicotine increase. The Harvard study used information supplied by the industry.

Philip Morris, the biggest US tobacco maker, rebuked such analysis, saying that the nicotine levels of Marlboro product have fluctuated and the rates in 1997 and 2006 were identical.

Sources available at http:www.boston.com/news.local/massachusetts/articles/2007/01/18/nicotine_boost_was_deliberate_study_says/

Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act

Act 211, which required all public campuses in the state to have smoke-free or tobacco-free policies in place by Aug. 1, 2014, remedies an over site in the Louisiana  Smoke-Free Air Act (Act 815) passed in 2006 in response to Louisiana citizens who want and deserve the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. This marks a major turning point for our state, placing Louisiana among national leaders in an effort to protect Americans from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants with or without attached bars. Smoking will still be allowed in stand-alone bars and casinos.

The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act also covers: Cafeterias, Sandwich stands, School cafeterias, Kitchen, Catering facilities, Banks, Healthcare facilities, Hotel-motel lobbies, Public transportation, Sports arenas, Theaters, Shopping malls, Laundromats, Reception areas/waiting rooms, Retail stores, Places of employment, Private residences when used for licensed child care, day care or health care facility centers or those carrying children ages 12 and younger, Education facilities, Schools (elementary and secondary), and School buildings (entire campus within school gates and school buses).

And now, all public campuses in Louisiana are fighting the tobacco epidemic and making Louisiana a better state for us all!  THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING!
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