For thousands of years, people have smoked or chewed the leaves of the tobacco plant. For many years, people speculated that there might be a link between diseases like cancer and tobacco use. In 1996, researchers confirmed smoking was directly linked to lung cancer.
Surveys have shown that the majority of smokers - at least 70% and perhaps as high as 90 % - want to stop smoking. However, no more than 20% of those who try to quit succeed for as long as a year. Around 3% succeed using willpower alone. Smokers who have tried to quit before and not succeeded should not be discouraged. Most smokers must practice through several attempts to quit before they finally succeed.
Effective April 9, 2012, The University of Texas at Austin is tobacco-free. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited in university buildings and on university grounds within the state of Texas, including parking areas, sidewalks, walkways, attached parking structures and university owned buildings.
The Tobacco-free Campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community, and is designed to be positive and health directed.
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