UT Dallas Buildings Go Tobacco Free
Tobacco Free Buildings
As of Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, all buildings on the UT Dallas campus will be tobacco free.
The use of any tobacco products also will be prohibited in parking lots, sidewalks, walkways and other attached parking structures immediately adjacent to Lloyd V. Berkner Hall and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL,) which currently house ongoing research funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT.)
Members of the UT Dallas community will still be allowed to use tobacco products in other areas of the campus, but must be at least 10 meters away from campus buildings or any area designated tobacco-free by signage (PDF, 600KB).
Employees, students and visitors will be prohibited from using tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah,) electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco.
UT Dallas’ current smoke free policy prohibits smoking within any University building, and within 25 feet of any building opening through which air can easily travel. The new policy will prohibit the use of any tobacco products in campus buildings, as well as campus advertisement of such products, distribution of tobacco product samples, and improper disposal of or littering with tobacco products.
The campaign has been initiated out of a long standing concern for a healthier work, research and educational environment. In addition, grant requirements mandated by CPRIT earlier this year now require recipients to adopt a tobacco free workplace policy.
The University will continue to monitor the progress of this policy and provide cessation programs and resources to assist members of the campus community interested in becoming tobacco-free.
Quitting Smoking / Tobacco Cessation
Support for faculty and staff is available through the UT SELECT health plan. Information and help to stop smoking is available through the UT Dallas Employee Assistance Program (800.386.9156 / 214.648.5330 / firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Tobacco cessation resources for employees.
Information and resources to help people stop using tobacco.
Tools to help smokers quit.
An online program and community offering support and resources for those in need.
Free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit.