Show Your Support for a Smoke-Free GW

yellow dot

When it comes to secondhand smoke, there is no risk-free level of exposure. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be dangerous to nonsmoking adults and children.  There are at least 4,000 chemical substances in secondhand smoke, at least 60 of which are known to cause cancer. On August 1, 2013 the George Washington University will join more than 1,000 other U.S. colleges and universities that have made the conscious decision to eliminate smoking campus-wide.

The “yellow dot” campaign is a way to visually show your support of a Smoke-Free GW and inspire others to quit smoking.  We encourage you to make the yellow dot your Facebook or Twitter profile picture and help spread the word about Smoke-Free GW.  Showing your support of a Smoke-Free GW by painting the internet yellow sends a powerful message-that students, faculty, staff and community members are standing up to make a GW a healthier place to learn, work and live.

The Symbol:

The symbol was created to give our GW community an opportunity to show their support for a Smoke-Free GW.  The yellow circle represents the sun shining brighter as a result of cleaner air. The reverse no smoking symbol reflects our vision to eliminate involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.  We are not judging or excluding people who choose to smoke; we’re just asking them not to smoke where it can impact others, in turn making our university a healthier environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Sample Tweets +Posts:

Below are examples of tweets and posts you can share on your social media pages to show your support.

Make the yellow dot your profile photo. 

Facebook Status:

I support a Smoke-Free GW smokefree.gwu.edu

I am standing up to make GW a healthier place to learn, work and live.

Second hand smoke stinks. I support a smoke-free GW.

Share the air. I support smoke-free because_______________________________.

Tweets:

Share the air. I support smoke-free because_______________________________. go.gwu.edu/yd #smokefreegw

Breathe deeply - Secondhand smoke causes 30x as many lung cancer deaths as all air pollutants combined.go.gwu.edu/yd #smokefreegw

When burned cigarettes create 4,000+ chemicals, many of which cause cancer. go.gwu.edu/yd#smokefreeGW

I am standing up to make GW a healthier place to learn, work and live. go.gwu.edu/yd #smokefreeGW

Quit For Life Program

Interested in quitting smoking? The Quit For Life® Program is available to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as spouses, and their adult dependents age 18 and older. The university is covering the cost of the program and nicotine replacement therapy, including the patch or gum.