Hodges University to Become Tobacco-Free in May 2017

Hodges University News

Hodges University announced today that it will become a tobacco-free campus on May 1, 2017. In honor of World No Tobacco Day, the university is hosting a kickoff event on its Fort Myers and Naples campuses today with table displays and representatives from Hodges, Tobacco Free Florida and Tobacco Free Collier providing cessation resources to students, faculty and staff.

Leading the yearlong campus campaign is a Tobacco-Free Committee comprised of faculty and staff, as well as representatives from Tobacco Free Florida and Tobacco Free Collier, who will oversee the development and implementation of the campaign, which will include developing cessation resources and educational programs, marketing initiatives and an implementation plan.

“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 academic services at Hodges University.

Currently, Hodges 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.

The proposed policy, which would become effective May 1, 2017, states, “Hodges University is a tobacco-free campus. The use, promotion, distribution or sale of any form of tobacco are prohibited in all Hodges University facilities and on all properties owned or leased by the university, at university-sponsored events or in publications produced by the university, with no exception. This includes, but is not limited to, all indoor and outdoor areas and properties.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), “as of April 1, 2016, there were 1,483 100 percent smoke-free campuses, of which 1,137 – more than two-thirds – were fully tobacco-free.” 

In June 2016, students, faculty, staff, alumni and university-affiliated organization members will receive a survey created by the committee to determine how many individuals use tobacco products, as well as gauge the interest of the types of cessation resources offered by Hodges. 

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