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Tobacco Free UC Continues to Thrive Across All Campuses


The Tobacco Free UC initiative continues to have a robust presence seven months after the policy effective date. Look for more support and resources in the upcoming year.

Date: 12/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Ashley Martin
Phone: (513) 556-0116

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The Tobacco Free UC initiative continues to have a robust presence seven months after the policy effective date. Each campus has held several informative, interactive events since May 2017, and will continue offering support and resources into the upcoming year. These efforts continue to grow as part of grants, such as the Truth Initiative and Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative with the the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

 UC Clermont and UC East held successful cold-turkey events for students and employees. At these outreach events, useful giveaways were shared such as water bottles, quit kits, and information about tobacco cessation resources. UC Clermont utilized a portion of their grant funds for nicotine replacement patches and gum and offers them for free to their faculty, staff and students. Efforts at these branch campuses are led by Tobacco Free UC Steering Committee members and students.

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The UC Blue Ash Tobacco Free Campus Task Force hosted a Real Talk, “#stopprofiling: tobacco is a social justice issue” Truth Initiative Campaign, on profiling and the tobacco industry. Another event was at the Nursing Health Fair, where students presented on the har mful effects of tobacco use on the body and quit methods. UC Blue Ash also has nicotine replacement therapy available to faculty, staff and students.

 West and Medical campuses held numerous events, such as the New Student Orientations, Welcome Weekend, National Student Day, the employee Benefits and Wellness Fair and the Great American Smokeout. The Student Wellness Center held a social medical campaign for faculty, staff and students to share their support of the initiative and policy on social media platforms, and are currently developing an online module for student leaders to inform their peers about Tobacco Free UC and cessation resources. Human Resources has hosted several informational sessions and cessation classes as well.

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Visit the Tobacco Free UC page for cessation offerings and additional resources. If you have questions, please contact tobaccofree@uc.edu.