- The Johns Hopkins University is heavily focused on health-related fields, and the School of Medicine is one of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world.
- Hopkins ought to establish policies that emphasize good health and protect students from the known hazards of secondhand smoke.
- By banning smoking on campus, Hopkins will set an important precedent by protecting students from the dangerous chemicals and carcinogens in secondhand smoke.
- Many students, faculty and staff on the Homewood campus have voiced their opinions supporting the ban of smoking.
- Over 820 students, faculty members, and staff have signed a petition supporting a 100% campus-wide ban on smoking.
– These signatures were ascertained in less than twenty hours.
- The American College Health Association has recently released an official statement on tobacco on American college and university campuses, strongly urging campuses to move toward a tobacco-free environment. Our current efforts are focused on smoke-free campuses (smokeless tobacco permitted), but are willing to support tobacco-free if deemed necessary.
- The media has taken notice of this trend for over two years now. The American Cancer Society urges campuses to be leaders in this trend rather than waiting to become followers.