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