The initiative was put into motion by President John C. Hitt to encourage healthy lifestyles and change the university community’s behavior so that everyone’s right to clean air is respected. The smoke-free policy promotes the health and comfort of the university community and our guests by providing a smoke-free environment. The policy states “The University of Central Florida prohibits smoking on all university owned, operated, leased, and/or controlled properties in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors.” This policy includes all smoking devices (cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other inhalant devices) in which tobacco, tobacco substitute, or other material is smoked.
Effective implementation depends on the university community as a whole. It depends on the courtesy and cooperation of all, not only to comply with the policy, but to encourage and educate others about the policy. Anyone aware of someone smoking on campus is encouraged to politely explain the policy and ask the smoker to comply.
The university is providing cessation services and resources-including group classes, support groups, counseling, self-help materials and medication-to employees and students who want to quit. Resources can be found on the website.
Many faculty, staff and students have taken advantage of the cessation services and have successfully quit. If you are a smoker and want to STOP smoking for good, email Mary Schmidt-Owens, Associate Director at Student Health Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.