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Tobacco Free Purchase

Purchase is proud to be tobacco free for health and wellness, the environment, and social responsibility.

We’re proud to be tobacco free at Purchase. 

As we adopt the SUNY-wide initiative to become tobacco free, we join over 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation that have made the same pledge.

We place a priority on the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and those who visit the Purchase campus.

The Tobacco Free policy complements the college’s environmental sustainability efforts; helps create and preserve equitable and respectful work, study, and living environments; and brings Purchase’s institutional investments in line with its principles on social and environmental responsibility.

It will also eliminate harmful exposure to secondhand smoke and prevent litter and chemical leaching from tobacco waste.

We’ve created an online resource for Tobacco Free Purchase, which includes details about the policy, compliance, and how we can help. 

Why Stop?

Tobacco use and production have many negative effects on people locally and globally. Beyond the health benefits, consider the reasons below to quit supporting the tobacco industry:

Social Justice and Human Rights

Did you know that tobacco farms use children as sprayers and pickers because of their small size? There’s more….

Environmental Impacts of Farming Tobacco

A half a million acres of forest are lost to tobacco farming each year. There’s more

Environmental Impacts of Cigarette Filters

It is estimated that 69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year, creating an enormous environmental, health, and economic burden. There’s more

Tobacco Industry Uses Aggressive Marketing Practices to Young Adults

The tobacco companies are targeting young people and minority groups to grow their customer base. There’s more… 

Where to Turn for Help

Students can receive nicotine patches from Student Health Services and the Wellness Center offers cessation workshops. Visit the Wellness Center’s Tobacco Cessation page for more for information and links to external resources to help kick the habit.

For You. For Purchase. For the Planet.