Hodges University to Become Tobacco-Free in May 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.