Forest Grove Campus to Become Smoke-free on Sunday, May 31

Smoking of any kind on Pacific University's Forest Grove Campus will be prohibited beginning Sunday, May 31 as a result of a university policy change made last year.

In conjunction with World No Tobacco Day, Pacific's Forest Grove Campus will join the university's other campuses as a smoke-free environment. Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn locations had already been smoke-free.

An estimated 49,400 non-smoking adults in the United States die annually due in part to secondhand smoke exposure.

Last spring, the University Council approved the smoking ban following input and review by the institution's Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, as well as the undergraduate and graduate student senates.

The change in policy expands the previous indoor smoking ban to include all areas of the campus, including parking lots.

The ban includes smoking of all tobacco products, as well as hookah and e-cigarettes. Additionally, the sale or distribution of all tobacco products, including chew or snuff, is prohibited.

In response to the Department of Health & Human Services "Fresh Air Campus Challenge," Pacific has been recognized as a Fresh Air Gold Campus and as a mentor to other schools working on tobacco and smoking-related policies. Pacific, along with other health agencies in Washington County, successfully applied for and received a community transformation grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant supports public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control healthcare spending in smaller communities.

"This new policy will provide the healthiest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors of the university," President Lesley Hallick said.

"We are committed to assisting any of our students, faculty and staff who are interested in reducing or eliminating their use of tobacco products," she added. The university's Student Health Center and offices of Campus Wellness and Human Resources have cessation resources available for students and employees.

As of April 2015, more than 1,500 college and university campuses across the country are smoke-free, including more than 1,000 that are completely tobacco free.

May. 28, 2015