TU approves smoke-free campus policy

Towson will be first four-year institution in Maryland to become a smoke-free campus

TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 11, 2009)—Towson University has approved a policy that will make its 328-acre campus entirely smoke-free beginning Aug. 1, 2010. The policy aims to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce health costs associated with smoking, and ensure that all members of the campus community have access to clean air.

TU President Robert L. Caret said, “I am pleased that Towson University will lead the way in being Maryland’s first four-year institution to become a smoke-free campus. Moreover, our faculty, staff and students came together to create this policy to ensure everyone’s right to clean air and to help promote healthy lifestyles.”

The policy was approved by the TU President’s Council following a series of discussions with campus groups and open forums for faculty, staff and students. Towson’s Smoke Free Task Force drafted an initial policy more than a year ago with input from representatives including the Student Government Assoication, TU Staff Council and various administrative offices. The initial policy was tailored based on feedback received from these groups, resulting in the final version of the policy approved this week.

Under the policy, all buildings and exterior grounds owned or operated by Towson University will be designated as smoke-free. This includes the athletics precinct, Bill Bateman’s restaurant, parking garages and open spaces. The smoke-free campus map shows the exact areas affected by the policy.

In preparation for the smoke-free switch, the Dowell Health Center will provide free individual smoking cessation assessments and smoking cessation classes in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Health.  All smoking cessation services are available for students, faculty and staff. Free nicotine replacement therapies are also available through the Dowell Health Center.

For more information on the smoke-free policy, including FAQs and resources for smoking cessation, visit TU's Smoke-Free Towson Web site.






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