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Update on Tobacco-free Campus
Dear UCM Students, Faculty and Staff:
In November 2012, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors approved a new policy to make the university a tobacco-free institution, with implementation beginning Jan. 1, 2014. In recent months a team of UCM members has been meeting on a regular basis to plan and communicate the new policy in order to help ensure its smooth and successful implementation.
The new policy prohibits on all UCM campuses use of all tobacco products and nicotine delivery methods not approved by the FDA. This includes traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookah/water pipes, and all other forms of smoke-generating products, and smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco, snus and snuff.
One of the team’s charges was to establish a Web site to provide information related to Tobacco-Free UCM. It is now available at ucmo.edu/free/, and includes frequently asked questions about the tobacco-free campus policy. The site will continue to evolve and more information will be included in future months. Also on this site is a form providing an opportunity for people to share their questions and suggestions.
The team continues to discuss issues related to temporary and permanent signage, integrating tobacco-free messages into appropriate UCM materials that are distributed on and off-campus, graphic messaging, education and training, and enforcement. Team members are very interested in hearing from the campus community their ideas about training needs with regard to the new policy and thoughts about special events and activities that can help increase awareness of the policy and tobacco-related issues.
As part of the educational effort, organizations that want to learn more about the policy and plans for implementation can request guest speakers by contacting the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention at 543-4044, or via email at VSAP@ucmo.edu. VSAP also has a separate Web site with information that includes free help that is available for UCM employees and students who use tobacco products and want to quit doing so. Go to ucmo.edu.vsap/cessation.
More updates will be provided in coming months as the university moves closer to the implementation date for the tobacco-free campus policy. The university values your support as we move forward with the implementation of this new policy.
Chair, Tobacco Policy Implementation Team