Because there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, Tulane University officials are making all of its campuses 100 percent smoke-free
beginning Aug. 1.
The goal in adopting this policy is to protect non-smokers from exposure and to encourage tobacco users to reduce — and eventually eliminate — their consumption.
Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services
, says the policy is not in place to punish smokers, but is instead in place to improve the health of the Tulane community.
Tims says, “We expect that compliance will be a challenge as the initiative rolls out this fall, but we are hopeful that everyone will respect the right of people to breathe clean air and the right of tobacco users to continue their use off campus property.”
Tulane is one of several colleges and universities
across the country implementing a smoke-free campus in conjunction with the Healthy Campus 2020
campaign. Being “smoke-free” includes the elimination of smoking (cigarettes, cigars, etc.), tobacco (chew, dips, etc.) and electronic products such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
Although the policy
will be enacted on Aug.1, Tims says Tulane will not begin issuing citations until January 2015. Citations carry a $25 fine.
Until then, students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus are expected to comply on their own volition.
For help in kicking the habit, Student Health has developed a resource page with a variety of cessation resources
available to students, faculty and staff.