Monday, February 02, 2015

PCOM Goes Smoke Free

The Philadelphia College of Osteophathic Medicine has gone smoke free:

In Philadelphia, PCOM will be only the second college or university to implement such a policy. A tobacco-free policy is more comprehensive than a smoke-free policy in that it prohibits the use of all tobacco-related products. Those include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, dip, snuff and electronic smoking devices.

Feb. 1 was chosen as the launch date for the policy as it coincides with the start of National Heart Month. Smoking significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease.
 I think this is an excellent idea.  Should you need incentive to stop smoking, take a look at this photo of the father of the man who founded osteopathy.  This is a scary looking guy.  If he (or his son or a college based on a medical practice started by his son) tells you to do something you should probably do it or, coincidentally, something unfortunate might happen.

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