Tobacco News and Helpful Links


  • Exposure to tobacco smoke — even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke — causes immediate damage to your body that can lead to serious illness or death, according to a report released in December, 2010 by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin. The comprehensive scientific report — Benjamin's first Surgeon General's report and the 30th tobacco-related Surgeon General's report issued since 1964 — describes specific pathways by which tobacco smoke damages the human body and leads to disease and death.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, cigarette prices were 31 percent higher in November 2009 than they were a year earlier.
  • There are immediate health benefits to quitting smoking. Twenty minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drops. Twelve hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. See the rest of this health milestone checklist at When Smokers Quit—The Health Benefits Over Time.
  • Most recent data shows that 11 percent of WUSTL students have smoked in the past 30 days, which is less than national rates for college students (17 percent).
  • A significant number of students and staff responded to the tobacco-free survey. Results showed high awareness and support of the tobacco-free initiative.
  • The number of daily tobacco users on campus is far fewer than perceived.
    • Only 3% of undergrads use tobacco every day, but survey respondents thought that number was near 15%.
    • Only 4.7% of graduate students use tobacco every day, but most survey respondents thought that number was closer to 20%.
    • 7% of staff members use tobacco every day, but most survey respondents thought 30% were daily tobacco users.

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