AUGUST 29, 2008

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OSU-Tulsa Goes Tobacco Free

On July 1, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa joined OSU’s Stillwater campus in becoming a tobacco-free environment.

Dr. Ron Bussert, OSU-Tulsa vice president for administration and finance, said the university has been working hard to create a campus culture focused on wellness.

“We’re all aware of the widely-reported health hazards related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke,” Bussert said. “This is an effort to provide a healthier and safer environment for all members of our campus community.”

With the new policy, OSU-Tulsa prohibits the use of all tobacco products anywhere on campus. Tobacco use includes, but is not limited to, using or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted smoking device, or the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco.

OSU’s Center for Health Sciences campus in Tulsa has been tobacco free since 1998, while OSU-Oklahoma City became a tobacco-free campus on January 1. Bussert said OSU-Tulsa’s change to a tobacco-free campus has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

“Last year, we began our efforts by reducing the number of designated smoking areas to three isolated locations around campus,” Bussert said. “We’ve also communicated regularly with our students, faculty, staff and visitors about our plans to become tobacco free and offered various resources to those who wanted to quit.”

The university is still offering free smoking cessation classes, educational materials and other resources to those who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco-related products. Information is available by emailing tulsa.tobaccofree@okstate.edu.

OSU-Tulsa is located at 700 North Greenwood Avenue, near I-244 and Detroit Avenue. To learn more, call 918-594-8000.