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Temporary tobacco use zones end Aug. 1
Emory Report | Aug. 2, 2012
As of Aug. 1, temporary smoking zones will be phased out as Emory transitions to a 100 percent tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use had been limited to the zones, which were set up in designated spaces across campus when Emory's tobacco-free policy went into effect on Jan. 1.
The tobacco-free policy — no tobacco usage of any kind on Emory University and Emory Healthcare properties and at Emory-sponsored events — is a community health initiative and Emory offers several tobacco cessation resources at no cost to faculty, staff and students. Resources can be found on the tobacco-free website and through the Faculty Staff Assistance Program. In addition to these tobacco-cessation programs, Emory provides prescription medications covered at 100 percent for tobacco addiction.
Enforcement of the policy remains voluntary. Guides to approaching violators have been developed.
The initiative has been overseen by the Tobacco-Free Task Force, consisting of faculty, staff and students.