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All 10 UH campuses making the transition to be tobacco-free

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A new law making all 10 University of Hawaii campuses tobacco-free has gone into effect, and Wednesday marks the implementation process.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network sponsored the new legislation, which also includes electronic cigarettes.

"We know that 99% of all adults who smoke become addicted to tobacco before they turn 26, and that's why it's critical to support our youth with prevention and cessation efforts, as well as eliminate their exposure to secondhand smoke, e-cigarette aerosol and all tobacco products in their learning environments," said Davin Aoyagi, grassroots manager for ACS CAN Hawaii-Pacific.

UH isn't the only campus that has adapted these new policies, they're joining 1,800 other schools in the tobacco-free movement.

The leading cause of preventable death in Hawaii is related to tobacco.  An estimated 30% of all cancer deaths are caused by tobacco.

Hawaii residents wanting to quit using tobacco are encouraged to call the Hawaii Quitline at 1-800-784-8669.

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