BANGOR, Maine — Husson University has launched an 18-month campaign to eliminate on-campus tobacco use.
“Husson is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community,” university President Robert Clark said Monday. “The simple reason we are doing this is to reduce harm from tobacco use and secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco free, to reduce our insurance and health care costs and to promote a campus culture of wellness.”
University officials plan to kick off an information campaign and begin working with students and employees who want to quit. During the 2013-2014 school year, the university will be pushing voluntary compliance to the no-tobacco policy, according to Husson spokeswoman Julie Green.
When the ban goes into full effect in September 2014, no smoking or tobacco products will be allowed in any buildings, administrative facilities, residence halls or on campus grounds.
“All of us across this campus need to take responsibility to see that this policy is enforced,” Clark said. “We will work with every department to find ways to make this transition successful.”
More than a year ago, the student senate approached the Husson administration to pitch the idea of becoming a tobacco free campus. More than 800 U.S. universities and colleges across the nation have adopted similar policies in recent years, including the University of Maine System’s flagship campus in Orono, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington.