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Cleveland Clinic CEO could influence Ohio colleges to ban smoking

June 4, 2012 9:50 am by | 0 Comments

If Ohio’s public colleges end up outlawing on-campus smoking, frustrated and youthful nicotine addicts wishing for a quick puff between classes should point their fingers squarely in the direction of Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove.

Long an advocate of the “personal responsibility” brand of healthcare — see his earlier comments wishing he could stop hiring obese workers — Cosgrove has recently set his sights on tobacco use at universities. Many nicotine addicts first take up the habit in college, Cosgrove reasons, and banning on-campus smoking would decrease the likelihood that college students begin smoking in the first place.

Cosgrove has previously complained that top university officials met his smoke-free pleas with indifference, but he’s now found a willing audience with the Ohio Board of Regents, which oversees higher education in the state.

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The chairman of the Board of Regents told Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer that he would introduce a resolution asking colleges to ban tobacco on campuses, calling the move “the right thing to do.” Cosgrove influenced the move when he shared his views at a Board of Regents meeting late last month.

For colleges to go tobacco-free, each individual schools’ leadership would have to pass resolutions.

That Cosgrove is leading the charge against on-campus tobacco isn’t a surprise. He’s one of the health industry’s most outspoken opponents of smoking who backed a controversial ban in 2007 on hiring smokers at the Clinic.

With his strong public crusade against smoking, it appears Cosgrove will continue to be viewed as a paternalistic meddler by smokers (and libertarians) — and perhaps as a hero by those who enjoy breathing smoke-free air.

 [Photo from flickr user khawkins04]

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Brandon Glenn

By Brandon Glenn MedCity News

Brandon Glenn is the Ohio bureau chief for MedCity News.
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