The American Cancer Society is encouraging college students to quit smoking. With the help from the center for tobacco control, the American Cancer Society recently launched their tobacco free generation campus program.
The program is being supported by the CVS Health Foundation, and providing grants to college campuses and universities across the nation, and in the state of Michigan who will strive to be 100 percent smoke and tobacco free.
“It’s really been a collective effort with both the American Cancer Society and CVS to provide the money for the grants. They together have said ‘let’s make this generation the first tobacco free generation. That’s really the campaign we are working on now because we know usually you start smoking when you’re young and the longer you smoke the harder it is to quit and the more you’re addicted to it. So by heading this off while people are young, we’re hoping that they never get addicted in the first place,” Bosherz said.
There are over 20 million college and university students who currently smoke in the US.
More than 1 million are predicted to die early from cigarette smoking.
The three Michigan campuses that received a grant this year include Oakland University, the University of Michigan, and Davenport University.