University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman has announced that, beginning in July 2017, all of the university’s campuses and locations will become tobacco-free, both inside and outside campus buildings.
The university’s new policy will apply to the school’s River Campus, the Eastman School of Music, and all other university properties, including the medical center, which has been smoke-free indoors and outdoors since 2006.
“After consultation with medical experts, and university faculty, staff, and students, broadening our indoor smoke-free policy to restrict all tobacco use at the university makes the most sense for our community,” Seligman stated. “This is an important step in ensuring a healthy learning and working environment that is consistent with our mission. The university is committed to promoting good health, and well-being, and with this policy we will also provide encouragement and resources to those interested in quitting.”
As part of the change, free tobacco cessation programs and resources will be promoted to university community members, and, in addition, a small number of outdoor smoking shelters will be installed on River Campus, which follows the same model the Medical Center adopted, Seligman stated.
Signs will also be posted at each building’s entrances and displayed prominently in outdoor areas to inform all individuals entering or occupying university property.
The U of R implemented its first smoking ban inside of campus buildings in 1993.