Valdosta Daily Times

March 20, 2014

College campuses will be tobacco free

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Georgia Board of Regents voted this week to approve a ban on the use of tobacco on all Georgia public college campuses. The ban will be enforced on Oct. 1.

According to the University System of Georgia, this ban applies to not only students and staff, but all visitors, contractors and subcontractors and covers not only cigarettes, but also smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.

USG also announced that it will be the responsibility of the college presidents to enforce the policy.

Valdosta State University is one of the many colleges across the state that will be affected by this ban. Currently, VSU’s policy is that all smoking must be 50 feet away from any building entrance. However, once the new ban is in place, VSU will be changing their policy.

“VSU will begin to implement the Board of Regent’s policy and adhere to all guidelines. One area of focus within the policy is support to help faculty, staff and students with tobacco cessation, and VSU has offered these classes free of charge for several years and will continue to do so,” stated Thressea H. Boyd, Director of Communications for VSU.

For more information on VSU’s smoking cessation programs, please visit: http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/campus-wellness/smoking-cessation-program.php.VSU.

   According to the USG, this new policy was enacted after the 2014 report from the Surgeon General stating, “Cigarette smoking remains the chief preventable killer in America, with more than 40 million Americans caught in a  web of tobacco dependence.”

According to a press release from the USG, Marion Fedrick, the USG’s vice chancellor for Human Resources stated, “Our aim with this policy is to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of employees and any persons occupying USG facilities.”