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.

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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