University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby recently announced that the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is committed to providing a healthy environment on campuses therefore effective October 1, 2014, all campuses will be designated as tobacco and smoke free areas.
The policy provides an opportunity to improve the health and safety of all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Tobacco is the #1 leading cause of avoidable death in the United States. This policy seeks to reduce tobacco related deaths.
“Tobacco Products” are defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any other smoking devices that use tobacco, such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco, such as electronic cigarettes. The USG hopes you enjoy the healthier environment we’re creating for you and visitors to our campuses and facilities,” commented Chancellor Huckaby.
“East Georgia State College takes this policy very seriously,” added EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “EGSC was one of the first campuses in the University System to become a smoke-free campus and we continue to support this initiative. I have established a committee to continue to look at this health hazard and suggest ways to further protect the students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus,” concluded President Boehmer.