Tobacco Free Campus
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and premature death with Ireland ranking 2nd highest for smoking related causes of death in the EU. Research indicates that non-smokers who are regularly exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke are also at increased risk of illness. Second-hand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – a branch of the World Health Organization). The Irish Heart Foundation has reported that smoking is the cause of up to 2,500 strokes and 500 stroke-related deaths a year. Ireland continues to have a high prevalence of smoking. The burden of tobacco use is carried by individuals, their families, the health system and broader society. SECOND-HAND SMOKE (SHS) causes 600,000 premature deaths globally per annum. SHS consists of over 7,000 chemicals, including over 60 known carcinogens. Medical and scientific evidence shows that exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of serious medical conditions, such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and sudden infant death syndrome. Moreover, cigarette litter is harmful to our environment and wildlife.
In support of a safe and healthy environment for staff, students and visitors, AIT’s workplace and external campus areas were designated smoke-free since 2015.
The Full Policy and procedures can be accessed via the link below.