FLUSHING, N.Y., June 13, 29013 — By prohibiting all tobacco products from campus, Queens College, like its sister CUNY schools, has earned a top grade and congratulations from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The vision and hard work of campuses like yours has made New York State a national leader in the promotion of healthier campus communities,” wrote Alvaro Carrascal, a senior VP at ACS. Indeed, as the home of 67 colleges that are either smoke- or tobacco-free, the Empire State outperforms the rest of the nation, according to ACS’s annual report, Tobacco-Free U: 2013 New York State Dean’s List.
Next year, when SUNY is expected to implement its own ban, the smoke will clear from all of the state’s public colleges and universities—an encouraging trend. “In addition to reducing exposure to secondhand smoke . . . evidence suggests that smoke-free/tobacco-free policies reduce the initiation of tobacco use among young people and assists those who are trying to quit smoking and avoid relapse,” reports Tobacco-Free U, footnoting a study released by the New York State Department of Health in February 2011.