Troy University trustees adopt policy banning tobacco use

From Troy University

Troy University's trustees passed a resolution Friday banning use of all tobacco products on its campuses and teaching locations worldwide beginning Aug, 13, 2012.

The resolution states the policy is adopted to "promote the health, well-being and safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors." The ban will extend across all campus facilities, including buildings, parking areas, walkways, athletic fields, worksites, campus vehicles and any private vehicle on University property.

"Banning tobacco use on campus seems to be a growing trend as universities are seeking ways to encourage healthier lifestyles," said Dr. John Dew, senior vice chancellor for student services and administration. "Strict no-tobacco policies are now in place at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States. We wanted to implement the policy to encourage members of the Troy University family to kick the habit."

Dr. Dew said the University is waiting a year before enacting the ban to give users the chance to enroll in tobacco-cessation courses or take other steps to quit. He said the student services staff will hold several meetings with students to explain the new policy in detail.