TOBACCO FREE 2012
“The University of Oregon is now a healthier campus,” said UO President Michael Gottfredson. "I appreciate the leadership of the governor, and the hard work of our students and other campus and community
members in getting us to this day."
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
The UO is the first university in the Pac-12 to announce intentions to be smoke and tobacco free."We have the obligation to provide a healthy, smoke and tobacco-free environment for our students, employees and visitors," said Senior Vice President and Provost Jim Bean. "This is a great statement about our commitment to a healthy campus." The announcement follows the recent launch of the Healthy Campus Initiative to improve the health of the overall community. The program will promote a balanced lifestyle, physical and mental health, and will encourage students, faculty and staff to make positive choices.
Approximately 18.9 percent of young adults in the United States between the ages of 18-24 smoke and as documented by the 2012 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, almost no one starts smoking after age 25. Progression from occasional to daily smoking frequently occurs during the first years following high school, making college and university campuses a critical target for prevention efforts.
Today, more than 1,159 university and college campuses have implemented tobacco- or smoke-free policies.