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UNT becomes a Smoke-Free Campus effective Jan. 1

Jean Bush, senior associate vice president for finance, explains the Smoke-Free Campus policy.The university held a public meeting Dec. 6 to present an overview of UNT's new Smoke-Free Campus Policy that will go into effect Jan. 1.

President V. Lane Rawlins, Jean Bush, senior associate vice president for finance, above, Herschel Voorhees, of the Student Health and Wellness Center and members of the Smoke-Free Policy Committee were on hand to answer questions from the students, faculty and staff who attended the meeting.

The university is going smoke-free to minimize the dangers of secondhand smoke and to protect the health and welfare of everyone on UNT's campus. The university conducted a statistically valid survey of students, faculty and staff in April 2012 and found that more than 70 percent of those surveyed were in favor of a smoke-free environment at UNT.

UNT's Smoke-Free Campus Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2013, prohibits smoking anywhere on UNT property and prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in buildings. The policy applies to all UNT-owned or leased property, both indoor and outdoor spaces. And it applies to all UNT students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors and subcontractors.

 Policy highlights

  • Smoking is prohibited on UNT property (indoors and outdoors) and in UNT-owned vehicles.
  • The use of smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes is prohibited in buildings. It is allowed only outdoors, 25 feet or more from a building entrance.
  • The sale and distribution of tobacco products are prohibited on campus.
  • Smoking is allowed in personal vehicles provided that the windows are closed and waste products are disposed of properly.

Enforcement

As with the current no smoking policy, enforcement will rely primarily on awareness and voluntary compliance.

  • If you see a violation, you can respectfully inform the person of UNT’s Smoke-Free Campus Policy and ask that they comply with the policy.
  • If you witness repeat violations, you should contact Human Resources — for faculty and staff violations — or Student Affairs — for student violations — so that the violations can be considered in accordance with established administrative/disciplinary policies and procedures.

Smoke-Free Campus building sign, Jan. 1 2013Signs

Once the policy is in effect, the university will post signs, right, on the entry doors of all buildings and around campus notifying people that UNT is Smoke-Free. The university also will remove ashtrays from campus.  

Access to Tobacco Cessation Resources

The university offers access to tobacco cessation resources and fee-based programs.

 

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Posted on: Thu 06 December 2012

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