June 29, 2007
UI Sets 25-Foot No-Smoking Boundary Around Campus Buildings
Beginning July 1, smoking will be prohibited on the University of Iowa campus within 25 feet of all buildings, including parking ramps, enclosed parking facilities and athletics facilities. A mass e-mail will be sent Monday, July 2, to all faculty, staff and students informing them of the new policy.
"The university has adopted this policy because of its commitment to providing a healthy and supportive environment for faculty, staff and students," says Joni Troester, director of the UI WorkLife program. "Smoking is the number one health risk in America today, not only for smokers themselves, but for nonsmokers via secondhand smoke."
Smoking has been banned everywhere on the University Hospitals and Clinics campus and the Health Sciences campus, including the Field House, since April 2007.
"The health campuses smoking ban has gone very smoothly," Troester says, "and we expect the same cooperation and understanding for this building perimeter ban."
To help UI students, faculty and staff who want to quit smoking, the university is offering a number of cost-free programs. Information about these programs is available on the university's Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/smoking/education.
For more information about the UI smoking policy, see the university's smoking policy information site at http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/smoking.
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