Smoking is prohibited on the campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi System-wide, including at the Kakaʻako campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.
We at JABSOM are invested in the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. 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 JABSOM at Kakaʻako 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 facility in Kakaʻako.