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Tobacco-free policy

The use of tobacco is widely recognized as a major preventable cause of many diseases, both in tobacco users and non-tobacco users alike. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, including lung and other cancers, as well as heart disease.

On Nov. 15, 2007, coinciding with the Great American Smoke Out, Georgia Health Sciences implemented a tobacco-free policy.

Today, on the seventh anniversary of the implementation of the GHS policy, a project has been initiated working with the Cancer Center to develop a plan to implement this policy at all Georgia Regents University campuses by August 31, 2013.

Will the consolidated campus be non-smoking?

As GHSU is a smoke free campus, will the consolidated campus be non-smoking as well? OR will we have some parts of the campus smoke free while others are allowed to smoke? OR will we simply revert back to a “smoker-friendly” environment?

Evaluation of the tobacco-free campus policy has been assigned to the HR work team. They are working in collaboration with the facilities work team in considering needs and expectations at both campuses, and studying similar policies at other universities. At this time, a determination has not yet been made.