UNH is Now TSN Free

May 16, 2022

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What Does This Mean? 

Earlier this semester, the University of New Hampshire declared that they have become a tobacco, smoke, and nicotine free campus. They have restructured their tobacco policies to improve the overall health and wellbeing within the UNH community. Though they had some tobacco restrictions before they believe this effort of being 100% TSN free in and around UNH facilities will completely combat exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. UNH is now one out of the 2,500 other universities in the U.S. who also share these policies. For more specifications on this policy head over to UNH Tobacco Policy.  

          There are many benefits that can come from this which truth initiative outlines including… 

  • Tobacco Use Decreases: Young adults are less susceptible to using tobacco products if they cannot use them on campus grounds where a lot of students live. Research shows that with these policies cigarette use among college students fell from 16% to 9% between 2010 and 2016. 

  • Tobacco Education: These policies educate college students on the harm tobacco can really do. For example, the Truth Initiative Tobacco-Free College Program where universities come together to do these tours and share knowledge on the issue in an effort to get other Universities to join their initiative. 

  • Economic & Environmental Benefits: People who do choose to smoke often will throw their cigarette buts out the window of a car when driving or on the ground they’re standing on. But what they don’t know is that around 4 and a half cigarette butts are littered every year and between 3 and 16 million dollars are spent on cigarette cleanup every year. Both of which takes a toll on this world environmentally and economically.  

          I’m not here to tell you what to do but just remember these facts the next time you think about smoking. If you do choose to smoke just don’t do it on university grounds or around other people for the sake of their health. Hope this was informative, and you learned something you might not of known before reading this and spread the word! 

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