Creighton University Goes Tobacco-Free
Creighton University will be a tobacco-free campus beginning July 1, 2008. The University announced the policy last fall, using the past eight months to provide coaching and support for students, faculty and staff to transition to the new tobacco-free environment.
“Creighton is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive living and working environment for faculty, staff and students as well as for our visitors. And because our mission calls us to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve, we believe the University has a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., president of Creighton University.
Faculty and staff members have taken advantage of the Commit to Quit tobacco-cessation programs, and pharmaceutical discounts for cessation medications. Seminars, presentations, an informational website and a student interactive tobacco-cessation website are helping to provide support. An additional set of Commit to Quit programs were added this week.
Creighton’s vendors and contractors have also been notified of the change and letters have been distributed to neighboring businesses. Signage will appear near parking facilities, doorways to buildings and throughout campus in July.