Kennesaw State University now a smoke/tobacco-free campus

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New “Breathe Easy” campaign designed to promote and educate KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 1…

Georgia (Sep 30, 2014)New “Breathe Easy” campaign designed to promote and educate

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 1, 2014) — Kennesaw State University is now a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus as part of a new policy issued by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The policy, adopted by the BOR in March, is designed to foster a healthier environment at the more than 30 public colleges and universities in Georgia. The policy applies to all forms of tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, and any smoking devices, such as hookahs and electronic cigarettes.

Today, Kennesaw State launched a new “Breathe Easy” campaign to promote the institution’s new smoke/tobacco-free status and help educate the campus community about the hazards of smoking and tobacco products. As part of the campaign, Kennesaw State will also offer smoking and tobacco cessation programs for interested students, faculty and staff.

“Kennesaw State has long been committed to creating a healthy and inviting campus environment, and this policy will help improve the health and comfort of students, employees, and visitors to our campus,” said Maria Britt, associate vice president for operations and chair of the Smoke/Tobacco-Free Campus Committee.

Implementation of a smoke/tobacco-free campus at Kennesaw State will begin with a phased enforcement approach, which allows time to educate on the new policy and encourage a climate of acceptance. This approach came out of a recommendation by Kennesaw State’s Smoke/Tobacco-Free Campus Committee, which is composed of 20 members representing faculty, staff and students.

In January 2006, Kennesaw State became a “restricted smoking campus,” which prohibited smoking from all campus buildings and designated a limited number of outdoor locations where smoking was allowed.

For more information on Kennesaw State’s Breathe Easy campaign and smoke/tobacco-free campus policy, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/smokefree/.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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