Smoking Policy at Kakaʻako
The UH Mānoa at Kakaʻako campus is invested in the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. To that end, we are in the process of complying with University of Hawaiʻi Executive Policy EP 10.102 (“Tobacco Products”), in order to move toward a smoke-free campus. In addition, we continue to adhere to Hawaiʻi State law, which prohibits smoking within a reasonable minimum distance of twenty feet from public buildings.
It is the mission of both the medical school and the cancer center at Kakaʻako to discourage unhealthy behaviors like smoking, to treat diseases associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, and to investigate ways to improve the treatment of or cure smoking-related illness. We are grateful to the people and leaders of the State of Hawaiʻi who committed public monies to build the school and center, investing in better health for Hawaiʻi.
The construction of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was financed with Master Settlement Agreement Funds set aside for that purpose by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Our MD graduates treat patients who suffer smoking-related disease, while our public health graduates work to educate the public about the dangers of smoking.
In addition, with the support of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Governor and the people of Hawaiʻi, a portion of taxes placed on cigarette purchases helped fund the construction of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s new facility in Kakaʻako.
Smoking is not allowed in any interior spaces of either building nor within 20 feet of building entrances, exits, air intake ducts, vents, and windows of buildings that are not air-conditioned. We ask all those who visit or work here to join us in expressing the spirit of Aloha: being thoughtful and considerate of one another here in our University community.