A breath of Fresh Air: Armstrong is a tobacco-free campus

Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative


Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Armstrong celebrated its second anniversary as a tobacco-free institution on August 1, 2014.  The policy underscores Armstrong’s commitment to provide a healthy learning and working environment for our campus community.

Following are a few highlights regarding Armstrong’s new status as a tobacco-free campus:
  • The initiative to become a tobacco-free campus was originally introduced by the Student Government Association (SGA) as early as 2010, with further support by the Faculty Senate.  A multi-disciplinary task force was appointed to assess feasibility and campus readiness in July 2011.
  • Armstrong was the 16th university in Georgia to become tobacco free, implementing the policy on August 1, 2012.  Today, there are over 1,000 colleges and institutions in the U.S. that have implemented tobacco or smoke-free policies.
  • The policy bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products.
  • Armstrong’s tobacco-free policy supports the City of Savannah Smoke-Free Air Ordinance of 2010, as well as the Chatham County Smoke-Free Ordinance of 2012.
  • Armstrong maintains campus-wide communication to continuously educate the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, vendors, and guests, about the tobacco-free policy and available tobacco cessation resources.

We are thrilled that the University System of Georgia (USG) implemented a state-wide, tobacco-free campus policy as of October 1, 2014. We support their efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices at universities across the state. To learn more about USG's new policy, please visit usg.edu/tobaccofree.

Thank you for your continued support of Armstrong's tobacco-free policy.

Sincerely,
Linda Bleicken
President

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