There is extensive data within the scientific community that demonstrates the harmful effects of secondhand smoke to non-smokers. Exposure to secondhand smoke has been linked to lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, bronchitis, middle ear infections, and nasal and eye irritation. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country, behind smoking and alcohol/drug abuse.
In keeping with the Clemson University’s 10-Year goals, which include maintaining “an environment that is healthy, safe and attractive,” the university is a smoke-free workplace. Smoking in any form is prohibited inside all college-owned or leased buildings including both residential and non-residential buildings. Those who choose to use tobacco outside may do so only at the specified distance away from each building according to signage.
Breaking the tobacco habit is not easy. The best thing to do is never start. If you do use tobacco and want to quit, the Health Education Office at Redfern Health Center can help. To learn about the CU Quit program’s free counseling sessions, contact the Health Center at 864-656-1823.
Please contact Health Promotion office at 656-0141.