Our goal is to make a 100% smoke-free campus that protects the health of students, faculty and staff and improve campus safety by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke can drift into buildings through open windows, vents, and doorways.
A recent study from the Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Mass General Hospital for Children, and the American Academy of Pediatrics showed “significant evidence of tobacco smoke exposure in the blood of children who live in multi-unit housing even when no one smokes inside their own unit.”
By modeling healthy behaviors, colleges and universities can provide healthy environments that support wellness and disease prevention.
Some tips for creating a tobacco-free campus:
- Adopt and maintain100% tobacco-free policies.
- Inform the community of the upcoming policy change and emphasize the benefits of the new policy.
- Prominently post tobacco free signs throughout the campus.
- Prohibit tobacco use in all campus facilities, including dorms and other multi-unit housing.
- Prohibit tobacco use at all campus events.
- Make announcements at all events reinforcing the tobacco-free policy.
- Promote the Florida Quitline.
- Offer free smoking cessation classes for employees who want to quit through the Central Florida Area Health Education Center.
- Provide incentives to help employees quit using tobacco (such as helping them pay for medication and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
- Train campus health personnel to use the Ask. Advise. Refer. intervention.
- Provide access to NRT for students wanting to quit.