FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications 304-696-7153
Tobacco ban takes effect Monday, July 1, at Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Beginning Monday, July 1, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on any property owned or controlled by Marshall University.
The tobacco policy was passed unanimously by Marshall’s Board of Governors June 11, and takes effect Monday. It applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. No advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco products will be allowed on any Marshall campus.
Amy Saunders, director of Marshall’s student health programs, said Marshall is making the move to improve the health of its students, faculty and staff. She said more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation have done the same.
“I hope everyone will be respectful of our policy and help us to make our campus healthier and safer for everybody,” Saunders said. “It’s a policy and, like any policy, we expect everybody to follow it. It’s change, and it’s change for the better.”
The policy includes an exception for events that attract a large number of off-campus visitors. Such events may be exempted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the Vice President for Administration, provided that all smoking be restricted to designated outdoor smoking areas.
Tobacco waste containers will be removed beginning Monday, and signs reminding faculty, staff and students of the tobacco ban will be placed around campus soon. Saunders said her organization will be setting up programs to help students, faculty and staff with cessation efforts.
Saunders said she has received numerous calls since the policy was passed June 11.
“A lot of people are happy about the tobacco policy,” she said. “We do expect people to comply.”