Tobacco-free policies reduce the costs for grounds and building maintenance. One study found 77% fewer cigarette butts on college campuses with 100% smoke-free campus-wide policies.
Reduce the risk of fires on campus. Carelessly discarded cigarette butts can start fires if dropped in planting areas, bark mulch and trash receptacles. Going tobacco-free eliminates this risk and associated costs, and may decrease fire and property insurance premiums.
The economic costs of smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke are more than $289 billion annually, including at least $133 billion for direct medical care of adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity.
Numerous studies demonstrate that employees who smoke tobacco have higher levels of absenteeism and healthcare costs in comparison to employees that don’t smoke. It’s estimated that it costs an extra $5,816 annually to employ a smoker.
One in five college students surveyed say they experience immediate health effects from secondhand smoke on campus. Eliminate the risk of ADA accessibility challenges related to tobacco smoke. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires colleges to maintain accessible campuses, including reasonable accommodation for students or employees with medical conditions such as asthma that are triggered by secondhand smoke.