Jessica Miller | December 23, 2011
Western New York has the highest concentration of smoke-free or tobacco-free colleges in New York State. That’s according to a new report by the American Cancer Society showing that more and more colleges across New York are giving tobacco a failing grade and banning its use on campus. The news comes today as the American Cancer Society celebrates its annual Great American Smokeout. According to the American Cancer Society’s “Tobacco-Free U: NYS Colleges Expel Tobacco,” the number of colleges that have adopted tobacco-free/smoke-free policies since the mid-2000s has increased 16 fold. Tobacco free means that the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited everywhere on campus. Smoke free means that smoking tobacco in the form of cheap L&M cigarettes, cigars and pipes is prohibited everywhere on campus.