Hodges University to Become Tobacco-Free Campus
On January 1, 2018,
Hodges University will become one more university in the state of Florida to
join the tobacco-free movement, providing a safe and healthy environment for
its students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.
Committee, which is comprised of faculty, staff and representatives from Tobacco
Free Florida and Tobacco Free Collier, will continue to oversee the development
and implementation of the campaign, which includes developing cessation
resources and educational programs, marketing initiatives and an implementation
“Hodges University wants
to promote a campus environment that instills a healthy lifestyle. A current
smoker who quits can reduce future health care costs, serve as a positive influence
on other family members and friends, and will benefit from the additional money
saved,” said Carol Morrison, senior vice president of student and support
services at Hodges University.
University prohibits smoking or any other tobacco or “smokeless” cigarettes use
in enclosed indoor spaces, and the university has designated areas for
students, faculty, staff and visitors to smoke.
According to a survey
conducted in June 2016 of students, faculty, staff, alumni and university-affiliated
organization members, 42 percent of students, 24 percent of employees and only
8 percent of university-affiliated members use some form of tobacco.
Approved by the university’s board of trustees in June 2017, the policy,
which will become effective January 1, 2018, states, “Hodges University is a
tobacco-free campus. The use, promotion, distribution or sale of any form of
tobacco is prohibited in all Hodges University facilities, on all properties
owned or leased by the university, or in publications produced by the
university, with no exception. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas and
properties. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, vendors,
lessees and visitors.”
To learn more, visit https://www.hodges.edu/tobacco-free/.