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Let's Share Clean Air: Loyola Goes Smoke-Free August 1

Loyola press release - July 31, 2015

Loyola University New Orleans on Saturday, August 1, transitions to a completely smoke-free campus, banning the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. “Let’s Share Clean Air,” the informational campaign for a smoke-free campus, began earlier this year.

"At Loyola, we are committed to providing a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for our faculty, staff and students," said Fr. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., University president. "We have worked hard to build awareness and understanding of the new policy on campus and look forward to 'sharing clean air' on a smoke-free campus."

Inspired by the Jesuit commitment to cura personalis, or "care of the entire person," Loyola University New Orleans is committed to promoting a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Effective Saturday, August 1, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all property owned, leased or operated by Loyola. This includes all indoor and outdoor campus spaces including, but not limited to: campus buildings, grounds, exterior open spaces, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, streets, driveways, athletic facilities, practice facilities, recreational spaces and in all university-owned or operated vehicles.

The important change, which helps to support the health and wellness of Loyola's campus community and all who visit, is the result of an initiative introduced by students.

Loyola’s Student Government Association introduced the new policy in 2013, prompting the university to convene a planning committee of faculty, staff and students for the purposes of implementing this new policy. The committee reviewed tobacco-free policies from other Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide and met with the University Senate, Staff Senate and the SGA Senate to begin the informational campaign, “Let’s Share Clean Air,” for the new tobacco-free policy.

To assist in Loyola’s efforts of promoting the public health of its community through the tobacco-free policy, the Office of Student Affairs received a $15,000 grant in 2014 from The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center and the Louisiana Public Health Institute. Earlier this month, the university received another $3,000 grant from the organization.

The grants have been used to inform the campus of the Aug. 1 ban on tobacco on campus, educate the Loyola community on the hazards of using tobacco products and cessation options available to choose a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Visit here for more information, including frequently asked questions about the new policy.