Syracuse University will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus July 1, as a new institutional policy will go into effect, SU officials stated.
Smoking, and the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes; cigars; snuff; pipes; chewing tobacco; and products that imitate the act of smoking, such as vapor cigarettes, will be prohibited on all property owned, leased, or managed by the school, including outdoor spaces, and in university-owned vehicles.
According to officials, the Carrier Dome, Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center, Drumlins and Syracuse Stage will remain smoke-free inside, while outside spaces at those venues will be exempt from the policy during events from July 2015 through July 2017. The policy at these spaces will be phased in gradually, officials said.
“Implementation of the tobacco- and smoke-free campus is the result of more than a decade of conversation, consideration, and hard work by multiple dedicated task forces of students, faculty and staff,” said Gail Grozalis, executive director of the University Wellness Initiative. “This policy reflects the ongoing investment the university has in the health, and wellness, of its members, by helping to ensure a healthy, productive, respectful environment in which to learn, live and work.”
The university began offering free smoking cessation programs in January for students, faculty, and staff in anticipation of the tobacco ban.
Le Moyne College will also implement a smoke-free policy starting Wednesday.