STEVENS POINT – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will join more than 700 other college campuses across the United States when it becomes a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 25.
This policy is being implemented to support a safe and healthful learning and working environment for all university visitors, students, faculty and staff. This decision was made after carefully considering the views of hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members through a student referendum, a faculty and staff survey, several open forums and consultations with campus governance groups.
Beginning Aug. 25, no tobacco use will be permitted on UWSP property. This policy includes parking lots and sidewalks, and applies to all students, faculty and staff members, contractors, vendors and visitors during and after campus hours and during all campus events.
One exception to the policy will allow additional implementation time. Because of the location and setting of Treehaven in Tomahawk, a designated area for tobacco use will be in place until fall 2015. The additional time for implementation will provide notice to organizations renting the facility.
Student Health Service will offer cessation support to students including:
• Individual support and counseling with trained health care professionals
• Support groups
• Free or reduced-cost nicotine-replacement products including nicotine patches (also available through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line), nicotine gum and herbal (tobacco-free) snuff products
• Prescription medication to help smokers and chewing tobacco users quit.
Students may call Student Health Service at 715-346-4646 for appointments and more information. Faculty and staff may contact their insurance providers or click on “Cessation Resources” at the UWSP Tobacco Free website for cessation support.
More information on the policy, including frequently asked questions, cessation resources and a campus map, is available at www.uwsp.edu/tobaccofree.
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