UNR to go tobacco free in 2015

The University of Nevada, Reno has announced plans for a Tobacco-Free University policy effective Aug. 1, 2015. (University of Nevada)
The University of Nevada, Reno has announced plans for a Tobacco-Free University policy effective Aug. 1, 2015. (University of Nevada)
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Updated: 3/31/2014 4:40 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The University of Nevada has announced plans to implement a tobacco-free university policy, effective August 1, 2015.

This action has been endorsed through resolutions of support by the Faculty Senate, Staff Employees Council, Graduate Student Association and Associated Students of the University of Nevada. UNR will join nearly 1,200 other U.S. colleges and universities that have implemented a tobacco-free policy.

"Throughout the past several years, the University has made important progress in linking the 'mind, body and spirit' of our students by developing programming and physical infrastructure that emphasizes health and well-being," University President Marc Johnson said. "Our commitment to improve the health of our community, campus, students, faculty and staff is the impetus behind the initiative to create a tobacco-free environment."

In a joint letter sent to students, faculty and staff, representatives of the campus organizations offered more reasoning behind their endorsement for the Tobacco-Free University policy:

"We feel it is imperative that our University environment reflect the health-based principles of a modern land-grant institution that is home to the state’s medical school as well as a nationally recognized research portfolio that includes efforts in medical, behavioral and social research aimed at improving the lives and health throughout our community, our state and the world. The health risks associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke are well-known. Adopting a Tobacco-Free University policy is a significant way to improve health and demonstrate values that are in line with the research and academic mission of this University."

According to a National College Health Assessment survey conducted every two years, UNR students consistently report low tobacco-use rates. More than 85 percent of the students at the University are already smoke- and tobacco-free. For students, faculty and staff who do use tobacco products and want to quit, the university pledges to offer support.

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