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Sac State poised to create tobacco-free campus


President Alexander Gonzalez' message to campus

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Don't smoke, kids

President Alexander Gonzalez signs a directive for creating a tobacco-free campus policy.

President Alexander Gonzalez has directed the campus community to develop “a comprehensive tobacco policy beginning with the Spring 2014 semester.” The new policy would ban tobacco use on campus beginning with the Fall 2015 semester.

The president’s overarching goal is to “promote health and wellness and a healthful educational environment at Sacramento State.”

Pending final presidential approval, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, the new policy will state that “all tobacco use will be prohibited on or in University buildings, grounds, leased spaces and vehicles.” The president has also requested that the campus community be fully informed during the Spring 2014 semester about the pending tobacco ban.

Nearly 1,000 college campuses nationwide are tobacco-free. Research shows that students, faculty and staff looking to kick the nicotine habit are more likely to do so in an environment where tobacco use is prohibited.

The president worked with faculty, staff and students on the change. The student group Hornets for a Healthy Hive also provided recommendations and information on campus tobacco use.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Alan Miller