CU-Boulder goes smoke free on Aug. 19 implementation date

August 19, 2013

The newest phase of the campus No Smoking Policy went into effect today, as the campus officially transitioned to a smoke free environment with designated smoking locations.

In February, Chancellor DiStefano signed the new campus No Smoking Policy  which mandated a no smoking campus beginning Aug. 19, 2013. The policy had a transition period that included deployment of campus signage, facilities considerations, and the promotion of policy awareness and resources for those who wish to quit smoking.

“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.). E-cigarettes are also included in the updated policy.

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 are 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. 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.

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