University of Delaware Banned Smoking on Its Campus
The University of Delaware, located in Newark (state of Delaware), told that all its campuses are going to become tobacco-free starting from this month. The initiative came from students who want to have a healthy environment on their campus.
The new policy, which came into action on August 1, bans the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, on all University property in order to have a “Tobacco-Free UD.”
The smoke-free policy will apply to University campuses in Wilmington, Georgetown, Newark, Dover, Lewes. Its goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and safe environment among students, staff, faculty and visitors.
Scientists say that use of tobacco products presents particular health hazards. Besides this, exposure to tobacco smoke causes great health risks for non-smoking adults and kids.
With this initiative the University of Delaware joins other 800 smoke-free high education institutions in the USA, including Delaware Technical Community College, which already adopted anti-smoking policies.
Initially, University’s Student Government Association proposed to adopt such a policy. Further, the proposal was supported by the Graduate Student Government.
The University of Delaware offers quit-smoking programs to those who want to get rid of the habit. Thus for students was created the program called Student Wellness and Health Promotion, while for employees – the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, which provides individual counseling. For group counseling, there exists HealthyU Employee Wellness Program .
Previously the University of Delaware adopted smoke-free policies. Thus in 1995 there was banned smoking in all academic and office buildings and in 2000 there was prohibited smoking on all University-owned student housing.
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