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Non-Smoking Policy


UH Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine Non-Smoking Policy

The UH M─ünoa at Kaka╩╗ako campus is invested in the health and well-being of its students, staff, faculty, and visitors. To that end, we are in the process of complying with University of Hawai╩╗i Executive Policy EP 10.102 ("Tobacco Products"), in order to move toward a smoke-free campus. In addition, we continues to adhere to Hawai╩╗i State law, which prohibits smoking within a reasonable minimum distance of 20 feet from public buildings.

It is the mission of both the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawai╩╗i Cancer Center at Kaka╩╗ako to discourage unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, to treat diseases associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, and to investigate ways to improve the treatment of or cure smoking-related illness. We are grateful to the people and leaders of the State of Hawai╩╗i who committed public monies to build the school and center, investing in better health for Hawai╩╗i.

The construction of the medical school (JABSOM) was financed with Master Settlement Agreement Funds set aside for that purpose by the Hawai╩╗i State Legislature. The MD graduates treat patients who suffer smoking-related disease, while the public health graduates work to educate the public about the dangers of smoking.

In addition, with the support of the Hawai╩╗i State Legislature, the Governor and the people of Hawai╩╗i, a portion of taxes placed on cigarette purchases helped fund the construction of the UH Cancer Center's facility in Kaka╩╗ako. Researchers study smoking behaviors among Hawaii's youth and look for ways to prevent and reduce unhealthy habits that can lead to cancer.

Smoking is not allowed in any interior spaces of JABSOM or the Cancer Center, nor within 20 feet of building entrances, exits, air intake ducts, vents, and windows of buildings that are not air-conditioned. We ask all those who visit or work here to join us in expressing the spirit of Aloha: being thoughtful and considerate of one another here in our University community.