The University Health Services plans to launch a campaign to warn students of the dangers of smoking, Dr. Benjamin G. Ferris '40, director of Environmental Health and Safety, said yesterday.
As a first step, the Health Services will issue a pamphlet this month emphasizing that long-time cigarette smokers are more susceptible to lung cancer and chronic bronchitis than non-smokers.
Unlike the Columbia University Health Service, which last week began posting similar warnings on all campus cigarette vending machines, the Harvard Health Services will simply make the pamphlets available to student groups or faculties.
Ferris pointed out that discouraging smoking by prohibiting it in University buildings, while medically desirable, involves action by the Administration. Dean Monro said last night, however, that such administrative action was extremely unlikely. "I would not be in favor of any," he added.