Although smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death, there are still some 37.8 million adults who continue to smoke in the United States as of 2017 (CDC). Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to 41,000 deaths among non-smoking adults each year.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke maintains a smoking policy to provide a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Smoke and vape in designated areas only
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke campus is smoke and vape free, with the exception of 5 designated smoking areas.
Signage clearly identifies designated smoking areas, and urns are available at each site for disposal of cigarette butts.
Click to view a map of the designated smoking areas:
EH&S receives complaints related to smoking and vaping outside of designated areas. Due to the population density of the campus, and smoking outside of designated smoking areas increases the risk of secondhand smoke exposure.
Please smoke only in designated areas.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health
The health risks of cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke include cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer, among others. Although evidence related to the harm of e-cigarette use is inconclusive, users may be exposed to cancer-causing toxins and chemicals. Research shows that nicotine, an ingredient in both e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes, harms brain development in young adults.
Resources to help you to quit smoking
The best way to reduce your risk of developing smoking-related illnesses is to quit. Getting support to help you quit is the best way to be successful. Even with support, you may make a number of attempts before you quit for good.