89.6% of ASU students do not smoke cigarettes.

94.1% of ASU students do not smoke tobacco using a hookah (water pipe).

American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Spring 2015. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2015 (n=1,937)

Health Benefits of Quitting Tobacco Over Time

  • 20 minutes - reduced heart rate and blood pressure
  • 12 hours - normalized level of carbon monoxide in your blood
  • 2 week to 3 months - improved circulation and lung function
  • 1 to 9 months - decreased coughing/shortness of breath and normalized lung functioning
  • 1 year - reduced risk of coronary heart disease, though still a greater risk than a nonsmoker
  • 5 years - reduced risk of stroke
  • 10 years - reduced risk of lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreatic cancer
  • 15 years - reduced risk of coronary heart disease to that of a nonsmoker

The great American Health Challenge, Copyright 2007 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Key Elements for Quitting Tobacco

  • Make the desicion to quit and stick to it.
  • Set a quite date and choose a quit plan.
  • Plan how you will deal with withdrawl.
  • Avoid relapse.

The great American Health Challenge, Copyright 2007 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Social Smoking

Social smokers light up regularly but not daily. They only have a cigarette when they go out with friends and drink. They think, "I will smoke a little in social situations and quit later." The facts about social smoking include:

  • There is really no safe amount of smoking.
  • One cigarette can lead to another.
  • If you smoke at all you are at an increased risk for cancer and heart disease.
  • Second hand smoke is dangerous.
  • Social smoking can lead to regular smoking.
  • The bottom line: choose not to smoke. Not when you drink, not when you study, not when you are out with friends.


Some people believe that smoking hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes because the hookah smoke is filtered through water before it is inhaled. The truth is smoking hookah has the same risks as smoking cigarettes. Hookah smokers actually inhale more nicotine than do cigarette smokers because of the massive volume of smoke they inhale. Also, the smoke produced still contains high level of toxic compounds and carcinogens

www.mayoclinic.com and www.who.int

Tobacco and Hookah Links

Tobacco-free ASU

Resources for Tobacco and Hookah

For more information about Tobacco and Hookah, please contact wellness@asu.edu.