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‘Breath of Fresh Air’ Takes Effect Aug. 17

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 2:08 pm / August 11, 2009

Smoke-Free-Campus

Boise State continues to strive to maintain a healthy and safe environment conducive to learning for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. To this end, the university will become an entirely smoke-free campus as of Aug. 17, joining more than 300 colleges and universities across the nation.

This indoor and outdoor campus-wide smoking ban applies to all property owned or leased by the university (including sidewalks, parking lots and the section of the Greenbelt from Capital to Broadway) and all university leased or owned vehicles. The policy encompasses cigarettes, cigars, pipes and all other forms of smoke-generating products.

The Breath of Fresh Air campaign is designed to encourage smokers to reduce or eliminate their consumption of tobacco and to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke. The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco smoking is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability and that tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike.

Past surveys have indicated that 86 percent of Boise State students, 87 percent of staff and 92 percent of faculty agree that universities should provide a smoke-free environment. Individuals observed smoking are to be reminded in a professional and courteous manner of the university policy.

Boise State provides students and employees access to a full range of nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation classes, programs and services. To learn more about the policy or services offered, visit boisestate.edu/healthservices/smokefree.