WHY WE DON’T SMOKE: UH medical school, UH Cancer Center join in video message about our Kaka`ako home

The John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center are units of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa – but they are located in Kaka`ako, fronting Kaka`ako Waterfront Park.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the 10-acres that are home to the school and center.

We want to protect our faculty, staff, students, and visitors from the health dangers associated with exposure to second-hand smoke.

It is the mission of both the medical school and the cancer center 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 Hawai`i who committed public monies to build the school and center, investing in better health for Hawai`i.

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 Governor and Hawai`i State Legislature on behalf of Hawai`i citizens. In addition, with the support of the Hawai`i State Legislature, the Governor and the people of Hawai`i, a portion of taxes placed on cigarette purchases helped fund the construction of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center’s new facility in Kaka’ako.

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.

Our video was jointly produced by the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

This video message (click play above) was co-produced by the UH Cancer Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

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