St. Olaf College is committed to providing a healthy and safe campus environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Substantial research demonstrates the damaging effects of tobacco on users and persons who experience second-hand smoke as a result of that use. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Almost no one starts smoking after age 25. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99% started by age 26. Progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26.” Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing an estimated 443,000 annually (Health and Human Services, 2014). Exposure to second-hand smoke causes more than 50,000 deaths annually (Health and Human Services, 2014).