Why Quit?

  • Tobacco and nicotine product use has long been recognized as a health hazard.
  • Lungs are for air. Our bodies, especially lungs, are not naturally made to handle chemicals.
  • Because of these health concerns and the decline in social acceptance, as well as SUNY Cortland’s reputation for fostering health and wellness, it has been decided that a tobacco-free SUNY Cortland is appropriate.

One priority for the College is to be recognized as a national leader in health and wellness. The implementation of this policy was one step toward accomplishing this objective.

Colleges That Have Tobacco-free Campuses

See which institutions of higher education have established tobacco-free policies.

Watch These Videos

The videos include tips from former smokers, testimonials from people who suffered from second-hand smoke, the dangers of smokeless tobacco products and more. "Real Stories."

 The Benefits of Quitting

You likely already know why stopping the use of tobacco/nicotine is a good idea.

  • The health risks associated with tobacco/nicotine product use are well known, both for users and bystanders including pets.
  • There are financial and social benefits.

The National Library of Medicine summarizes the benefits of quitting.

Quitting Will Save You Money and Your Health

Cost Estimates

  • $86,000 over a lifetime for a 24-year old female smoker.*
  • $183,000 over a lifetime for a 24-year old male smoker.*

These estimates* include

  • the purchase of cigarettes
  • costs related to death and disability
  • other medical costs
  • Social Security
  • cost of life insurance

Find Out Your Cost

Calculate the cost of smoking cigarettes at the American Cancer Society website.

Whether you use cigarettes, cigars, a pipe or chewing tobacco the Cost of Smoking Calculator will tell you how much it costs.

*Estimates vary depending on exactly what’s calculated and how and when the calculations are done. Sloan, F. A., Ostermann, J., Piccone, G., Conover, C., & Taylor, D. H. (2004). The price of smoking, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

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