Make The Ohio State University Campus Smoke-Free

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Target: The Ohio State University President, E. Gordon Gee

Goal: Make campus smoke-free except for specific designated areas

Despite the many health risks of second-hand smoke, students, visitors and staff continue to be subjected to smoke on college campuses. Tell The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the nation, to set a positive precedent by making its campus smoke-free indoors and out.

Second-hand smoke contains thousands of chemicals, including highly toxic ones such as formaldehyde and cyanide. The smoke lingers in the air for hours and, according to the Mayo Clinic, is linked to heart disease, lung disease, asthma attacks, and multiple types of cancer.

Students are often subjected to second-hand smoke on a daily basis as they walk to campus buildings and events. Although the university does not allow indoor smoking and has policies against some outdoor smoking, many people choose to smoke outside entryways and in frequently traveled areas, forcing non-smokers to breathe the polluted air and put their own health at risk.

The Ohio State University must establish designated smoking areas away from entryways and commonly traveled locations so that non-smokers are not forced to expose themselves to the unnecessary risks of second-hand smoke. Additionally, these rules must be strictly enforced to be effective.

Stop this ridiculous situation. Urge The Ohio State University to make their campus smoke-free to protect the health of students, visitors, and staff.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President E. Gordon Gee,

Despite the well-documented health risks of second hand smoke, students, visitors, and staff continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis on your campus. To protect the health of all involved, please make The  Ohio State University smoke-free.

As you may well know, second-hand smoke contains a vast number of chemicals, including highly toxic ones such as cyanide and formaldehyde. According to the Mayo Clinic, the smoke can trigger asthma attacks and is linked to heart disease, lung disease, and multiple cancers. Although the university does not allow indoor smoking and has policies against some outdoor smoking, many people choose to smoke outside entryways and in frequently traveled areas, forcing non-smokers to breathe the polluted air and put their own health at risk.

Follow the lead of the OSU School of Medicine, Miami University, and numerous other campuses which have become smoke-free. Establish designated smoking areas away from entryways and commonly traveled locations so that non-smokers are not forced to expose themselves to the unnecessary risks of second-hand smoke. Additionally, these rules must be strictly enforced to be effective. Use the funding from fines on smokers to support additional police.

As one of the largest universities in the nation, it is your duty to protect the health of those entering your campus. Set a positive precedent for others by becoming a smoke-free campus.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Public places should also be fragrance free. These compounds are extremely toxic pollutants.

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