WILBERFORCE, OH (August 7, 2017) – Wilberforce University will join the growing list of Ohio colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy, effective September 1, 2017. The recently approved policy will further promote a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and the community by providing a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus.

Upon his appointment, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., announced a vision of institutional cohesion and sustainability entitled, The Wilberforce Renaissance. The Wilberforce Renaissance allows the University to operationalize its mission and act as a bridge to intellectual curiosity and rigor, academic achievement, social change, and the cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21 Century. Felton says, “By adopting a tobacco-free and smoke-free policy, we feel this social change shows leadership in this area, promotes a healthy environment that will foster excellence, innovation, and kindness, and addresses the other tenets of the university’s mission.”

When the policy goes into effect, smoking and/or use of tobacco products, objects or devices, including traditional and/or electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. This includes inside buildings, administrative facilities or anywhere on campus property, such as sidewalks, parking lots, and off-campus facilities.  

To ease the transition for faculty, staff and students who are tobacco users, onsite tobacco cessation programs will be offered through a partnership with Greene County Public Health.

For more information, contact Anita Jefferson-Gomez at 937-708-5520, or ajefferson-gomez@wilberforce.edu.


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