Monday, July 14, 2014

UNO Campuses Become Tobacco-Free on Aug. 1

University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that UNO's campuses will become tobacco-free effective Aug. 1. UNO is complying with a state law that requires all public colleges and universities to develop and implement smoke-free policies on their campuses by Aug. 1.

Smoking or the use of any oral tobacco products will be prohibited from all university buildings and anywhere on university grounds, including sidewalks, parking lots, fields, walkways and recreational areas. The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors.

"The University of New Orleans is committed to providing a healthy and comfortable environment," Fos said. "We understand that this initial awareness phase is important in building understanding of the new policy and encouraging compliance. We are confident of the immediate and long-term benefits for our faculty, staff and students."

The use of electronic cigarettes is permissible at this time, but such devices are prohibited in all university buildings and within 25 feet of university buildings, Fos said.

UNO is committed to supporting students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products. Assistance is available through Student Health Services or the health benefits plan in the Office of Human Resource Management.


For More Information

University of New Orleans policy on a tobacco use and creating a tobacco-free campus
Student Health Services
Office of Human Resource Management

From the Office of Human Resources Management

The Office of Human Resources Management has provided the links/mobile apps below to assist students and employees who are considering quitting the use of tobacco products: