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Letter: Don’t allow smoking on Medical Campus

Don’t allow smoking on Medical Campus

We are members of Reality Check of New York, a group of teens from across the state who educate people in our communities and get them to take action to reduce the impact of tobacco.

Recently, we participated in a cigarette butt pickup on Buffalo’s Medical Campus. After cleaning up cigarette butts in a park area where a yoga class meets, we were surprised to see employees smoking near signs designating that “Our Area is Smoke Free.”

This was an eye-opening moment for us because our understanding was that the Medical Campus is already a tobacco-free place. How could this be happening in a place where there are hospitals, doctors’ offices and a cancer institute?

For the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff, we strongly believe these campus institutions should keep working together to be more consistent with adhering to the smoke-free policy. This action is especially important with the new Children’s Hospital opening in November. Research shows that children and infants exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to experience ear infections and asthma, and are at a higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than children and infants without the same exposure.

We understand that smoking is a horrible addiction and a smoke-free policy is not always easy to implement. By sharing our experience, we hope that others throughout the campus will stand together and continue to build a smoke-free campus. It’s an important step to promote heath and be a positive role model to the community.

Zoe Kaminski

Cheektowaga

Nora Galley

West Seneca

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