CUNY is Going Tobacco-Free!
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:
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: