Clear the Air at CUNY

No Smoking Sign

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Statement from Pamela Mohr, Interim Regional Vice President of the American Cancer Society in Manhattan:

"Eliminating smoking on all CUNY Campuses is a great move. The American Cancer Society commends CUNY’s monumental efforts to create citywide smoke-free campuses.  By going smoke-free, CUNY is protecting their staff and students from the harmful effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke.

It's worth repeating, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.  We support CUNY as they move forward with expanded tobacco-free policies and we hope that other educational systems will follow in their footsteps.

Beyond limiting exposure to a known cancer causing substance, this policy should have another far-reaching effect.  Tobacco companies love college students, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to hook young adults into a lifelong addiction.  This action re-enforces the message to students that cigarettes are both dangerous and deadly.  It takes smoking out of the mainstream of college life and should make smokers think twice about lighting up.  After all, if the smoke is so toxic that you can’t even light up on campus, perhaps putting the cigarette to your lips and taking a deep breath isn’t the best idea."


About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit