Smoke-Free Policy

Smoke Free at Forbes

In order to make Forbes Library a healthier and more welcoming environment, the entire library property will become smoke-free beginning July 1, 2012. Smoking will be prohibited both inside and outside the building, including the lawns, parking lots and walkways.

The decision to establish a smoke-free property reflects the library's commitment to provide an accessible, safe and healthy environment for all library users. Forbes Library offers a variety of resources for those who want to quit smoking. Please ask at the Reference Desk.

Fast Facts About Smoking

Morbidity and Mortality Related to Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year.
  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually in the US, or 443,000 deaths per year. That's approximately 1,200 people each day - more than deaths caused by alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, care crashes, fires, and AIDS combined.
  • An estimated 49,000 of these deaths are the result of second hand smoke exposure.
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  • For every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.

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Tobacco Use in the United States

  • Approximately 19.8% of U.S. adults (46 million people) are current cigarette smokers.
  • In the United States, 20% of high school students are current cigarette smokers.
  • Each day, about 1,100 persons younger than 18 years of age become regular smokers; that is, they begin smoking on a daily basis.
  • Among adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit completely, and more than 40% try to quit each year.
  • Smoking causes more than $167 billion in annual health-related costs, including adult mortality-related productivity costs, adult medical expenditures and medical expenditures for newborns.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention