Did you know that February is American Heart Month?
The American Heart Association (2021) lists "smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. Almost one third of deaths from coronary heart disease are due to smoking and secondhand smoke. And, smoking is linked to about 90% of lung cancer cases in the United States."
OHIO Chillicothe is celebrating that we are a 100% tobacco-free, smoke-free campus.
This is indicative of the university’s commitment to a healthier, cleaner future. According to the CDC (2021), “Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.”
OHIO Chillicothe is fully committed to assisting smokers and tobacco users, if they choose to quit or cease use while on campus.
"Ohio Chillicothe is proud to be part of the smoke-free communities of Ohio. We value community and individual health as ways to make our lives better and happier," said Dean Milliken. "Being smoke- and tobacco-free is one important step in realizing these goals and demonstrates our commitment to improving the well-being of all of us who attend and work at the university."
OHIO Chillicothe’s Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy
OHIO Chillicothe's tobacco free policy is enforceable on all property owned, leased or shared by the campus. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to; cigarettes (e.g., bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spit-less, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. This includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products that contain tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation. This policy applies to employees, students, and visitors of OHIO Chillicothe.
“Tobacco-Free” signs are sufficiently posted throughout the campus prohibiting tobacco in all forms in all OHIO Chillicothe buildings and on any other university-owned property, including parking lots. These signs shall not be obscured, removed, defaced, mutilated, or destroyed. Any violation of this policy will be handled through the standard disciplinary procedure appropriate to the individual's relationship to the university (e.g., judiciaries for students).
Exceptions to the policy include no-smoke replacement therapy, as medically prescribed and must be authorized by the Dean.