CUNY is Going Tobacco-Free!

Effective no later than September 4, 2012, the use of tobacco will be prohibited on all grounds and facilities under CUNY jurisdiction, including indoor locations and outdoor locations such as playing fields; entrances and exits to buildings; and parking lots.

This policy applies to all tobacco and tobacco products including chew tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Smokers may continue to smoke in areas outside of the campus gates but are asked to please avoid smoking near campus entryways or windows. The proper disposal of all smoking-related waste is also encouraged.

The Benefits of Quitting

Immediately after quitting, you diminish the numerous health risks to everyone around you by eliminating their exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • After quitting, you’ll be free of the financial burden that comes with smoking.
  • Twenty minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops.
  • Twelve hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve.
  • One to nine months after quitting, your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • One year after quitting, your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • Five years after quitting, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
  • Ten years after quitting, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s, and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
  • Fifteen years after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.

Find out more about smoking and tobacco use at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking Cessation Resources

If you are a smoker and wish to quit or reduce your intake, the York College Health Services Center offers a variety of strategies to help you:

  • Behavioral counseling tailored to fit your lifestyle, including stress management and weight-control techniques.
  • Group counseling and educational programs offering tips and support from fellow quitters.
  • Individualized pharmacotherapy treatment plans to reduce cravings for nicotine and tobacco.
  • For further details about these and other programs offered by the college, contact the Health Services, AC-1F01 718-262-2050.

    For additional smoking cessation resources, visit the following:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Android
  • Healthy CUNY: Tobacco-Free
  • iPhone
  • National Cancer Institute
  • New York State Smoker’s Quitline
  • NYC Quits!
  • QuitNowTXT (for adults)
  • SmokeFreeTXT (for teens and young adults)
  • Cessation Resources