UPEI now a smoke-free cam­pus af­ter up­date to to­bacco-use pol­icy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land will be­come a to­bacco-free cam­pus on Sept. 1 thanks to an up­date to its poli­cies.

UPEI’s to­bacco-use pol­icy was re­viewed be­tween May 2015 and May 2016 by a work­ing group of stu­dents, staff, fac­ulty and com­mu­nity part­ners.

The work­ing group con­ducted re­search that in­cluded a cam­pus-wide sur­vey fol­lowed by pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, all sug­gest­ing that UPEI be­come a to­bacco-free cam­pus.

The univer­sity’s board of gov­er­nors ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion in Jan­uary 2017.

“This pol­icy is in sync with other or­ga­ni­za­tions that have moved to­ward to­bacco-free spa­ces,” said UPEI’s Jackie Podger.

“It will en­sure a safe and ac­ces­si­ble cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one at UPEI.”

The up­dated ver­sion of the to­bacco-use pol­icy will go into ef­fect Friday, Sept. 1.

UPEI is also us­ing the up­dated pol­icy as an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote avail­able ces­sa­tion ma­te­ri­als and ser­vices to im­prove in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity health. UPEI hopes that if mem­bers of the cam­pus com­mu­nity can­not use to­bacco prod­ucts on univer­sity prop­erty, they may con­sider not us­ing them at all.

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