Campus No Smoking Policy signed, awareness and implementation phase begins

February 6, 2013

Chancellor DiStefano signed the new campus No Smoking Policy on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The policy, which mandates a no smoking campus beginning Aug. 19, 2013, has a transition period that includes deployment of campus signage, facilities considerations, and the promotion of policy awareness and resources for those who wish to quit smoking. 

As part of the phased implementation, there also will be a limited number of designated outdoor smoking areas away from public activity, for use through the end of December 2013.

 “Smoking,” as used in this policy, means smoking any substance, including but not limited to, tobacco, cloves, or marijuana. “Smoking products” include but are not limited to all cigarette products (cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, etc.) and all smoke-producing products (cigars, pipes, hookahs, etc.).

The campus has chosen to implement this policy to promote a healthy campus and to support and improve the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. Over 1,100 colleges and universities have adopted a smoke-free policy (including the Anschutz Medical Campus), so CU-Boulder is not alone on this initiative. 

A number of resources will be available to individuals who wish to quit smoking. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is hosting a series of "Getting Ready to Quit: Smoking Cessation" workshops, support groups and individual counseling sessions throughout the spring semester. For more information and to register, visit the FSAP Work-life Workshop and Group website or call the FSAP general number, 303-492-3020.

Community Health offers free, confidential, one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling to students. Through counseling, students will be able to assess their tobacco use, create a plan to quit including setting a quit date, establish coping strategies, and get support throughout the quit process. To receive free tobacco cessation counseling, please contact the Community Health office at 303-492-2937 or Healthbuffs@colorado.edu.

Further cessation resources and implementation details will be shared throughout the spring and summer.

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