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Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
I am pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2012, Armstrong will become a tobacco-free campus. The current tobacco use policy has been under study since last August by a campus Tobacco Control Task Force, very capably led by Dr. Sara Plaspohl, assistant professor of Health Sciences. The new policy underscores Armstrong’s commitment to provide a healthy learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.
- Student Government Association (SGA) introduced the initiative in 2010.
- As a result, a Tobacco Control Task Force was formed in August 2011. Membership in the task force included a broad constituency of faculty, staff, and students as well as community partners.
- To ensure that all voices on campus were heard, the task force conducted an electronic survey allowing faculty, staff and students to provide opinions on current tobacco policies. The Task Force also received letters of support from organizations on and off campus.
- The new policy – which bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as well as electronic-cigarettes –will be implemented at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester.
- Armstrong is the 16th university in Georgia to go 100% tobacco-free and is one of more than 250 universities nationwide to do so.
- Armstrong’s new policy supports the City of Savannah Smoke-Free Air Ordinance of 2010, which is already in effect throughout the Savannah area.
- Armstrong will institute a campus-wide education program to raise awareness about the new tobacco-free policy and to encourage tobacco cessation initiatives.
- An FAQ document is available.
Please join me in thanking your colleagues who have dedicated their time and energy to this process. I know you will work with them during the implementation phase, which the task force will share with you in the coming weeks.
Thank you for supporting the Task Force and all of our colleagues at Armstrong as we work together to implement this important new initiative.