Create a tobacco free campus at Colorado State University
I am creating this petition to make a push to make Colorado State University a tobacco free campus. With this petition, the university will completely eliminate smoking in outdoor areas across the entire campus. The implementation of this policy is a lot easier than telling everyone to quit and its intensions are to make the campus more respectful of our people and environment. Students and faculty who smoke must abstain from smoking while on campus or must leave the campus grounds to smoke. Creating a smoke free campus has become a growing trend across American, as of April 5, 2013, at least 1,159 college or university campuses in the U.S. have adopted 100% smoke free campus policies. The message rooted in this policy is the basic respect of one student to another. While walking through highly active parts of campus, it is easy get a whiff of cigarette smoke. And it is in these highly congested areas that we are seeing the most smoking done. It is very clear that smoking is bad for your health, but many people are not aware of the significant effects secondhand smoke can have on you. Sidestream smoke, or the smoke that comes out of the lighted end of a cigarette contains very high levels of cancer causing carcinogens. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds with 250 of these chemicals known to be harmful and 69 of them are known to cause cancer. The elimination of smoking on campus will create a cleaner and healthier for students and faculty.