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We Care About Your Health!

To the CUMC Community:

To ensure a safe and healthy environment at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) for our faculty, staff, students and community, and in compliance with New York State and City codes and regulations, a smoke-free policy went into effect in August 2009 prohibiting smoking on all CUMC property, both indoors and outdoors.

This effort is in collaboration with our hospital partner, NewYork-Presbyterian, which also went smoke-free in August 2009. In concert, a smoke-free academic medical center was created. Read more about the CUMC smoking policy here.

We ask for your continued assistance in supporting our commitment to protecting the health and well-being of all and remind you of the smoke-free medical center. When possible, please inform others of our commitment to a smoke-free medical center and therefore to refrain from smoking while on CUMC premises.

If you are interested in quitting smoking, we want to help! Smoking cessation information is available at and the New York Smokers' Quit Line at 1-866 NY QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Students at CUMC are also encouraged to visit the Student Health Services website ( for information.

Questions regarding the CUMC smoke-free workplace policy may be directed to Environmental Health & Safety at Students with questions about the CUMC smoking policy should contact the office of their school's dean of student affairs.

Thank you for your continued support of this effort.

Amador Centeno
Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services Columbia University Medical Center