The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is committed to providing a healthy environment on campuses. We recognize the severe health implications of both the direct use of tobacco products and indirect exposure to the use of tobacco products and our responsibility to promote the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The Board of Regents adopted a tobacco and smoke-free campus policy to make USG 100% tobacco-free effective October 1, 2014.
“Tobacco Products” are defined as any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation, ingestion, or absorption; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.
“Smoking” is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, hookah, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device, which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device to circumvent the prohibition of smoking.
The Council is pleased to see the University System take a strong stance against tobacco use on its campuses. We are beginning to see more businesses and organizations making public health a priority, and when large and important entities change policy, it encourages others to do the same
Dr. James Hotz
If you want to be tobacco-free, there’s help. The USG is providing coverage for all over-the-counter items and prescription smoking cessation products or you can participate in a cessation program.LEARN MORE
The purpose of the policy is to create a health-supporting community for everyone, tobacco-users and non-users alike. The new policy also supports the right of all people on university system campuses to breathe smoke-free air. The simple reason for our policy is respect for each other and the environment. We hope that smokers who choose to continue smoking will respect our smoke-free environment out of concern for their fellow campus community members.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death, responsible for more than 440,000 deaths a year in the United States. Cigarette smoking alone is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs and fires - COMBINED.
Tobacco addiction begins almost exclusively among youth and young adults. The 2012 Surgeon General’s Report shows that 99% of smokers begin smoking and using other forms of tobacco by age 26, making college and university campuses a critical target for
The reason this is more than just a smoke-free policy is because even the rates of smokeless tobacco are increasing within the state of Georgia. For more information view the .
Electronic cigarette (e-cig) use is found to be highest among college students. While it may be used as an aid to quit smoking, it still is a highly concentrated source of addictive nicotine and it has not been regulated or studied enough to support claims of use for tobacco cessation. E-cigs also pollute the air and early research shows negative lung effects and inflammation, similar to smoking. For more information about poisoning related to e-cigarettes view the .
Tobacco and its usage is completely legal for adults above the age of 18. The USG is not forcing anyone to quit. However, the university system owns campus properties, and can establish policies that protect the health of all university system members. A tobacco-free policy does not prohibit tobacco use; it merely establishes where use can occur.
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Where’s your cell phone? Is it next to you? Grab it! Did you know there are now apps and resources on your phone that help support you on your journey to quitting tobacco? Try one of these today!
NCI QuitPal is a free app from the National Cancer Institute that supports smokers working to become smokefree. This interactive app was developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist you with giving up smoking.
QuitSTART is another free smartphone app that can help you track your cravings and moods, monitor your progress toward achieving smokefree milestones, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized "pick me ups" and reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree. It was created with young adults in mind.
QuitGuide is a free application, written by tobacco control professionals and cessation counselors, with the help of ex-smokers and experts. This app is designed to help you prepare to quit smoking and support you in the days and weeks after you quit.
QuitNow! offers you real-time stats, anytime, to help you cope with anxiety: The time (days, hours, minutes) since the last cigarette of your life, - How many cigarettes you have avoided, - The money and time you have saved. Also, QuitNow! will provide you with W.H.O.-based (U.N.'s World Health Organization) indicators on your health improvement process.
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.
National Cancer Institute’s LiveHelp Smoking Online Chat connects you with a Cancer Information Specialist who can chat with you about general cancer information as well as quitting smoking.
You can always find free, helpful resources to inform you about the health effects of tobacco usage and steps to start your journey towards quitting at any of these sites:
The health and welfare of Georgia students is a high priority for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Colleges frequently strive to reduce injuries and illness through policies that eliminate hazards and unsafe behaviors from their campuses. Tobacco should be no exception to this rule, as its usage is the in the United States.
High rates of tobacco use among college students in the general population. Together with the administration, students at some USG institutions have already begun working to combat and decrease these rates. They have reached out to community organizations and sponsors to increase awareness of the policy change, and help fellow students and colleagues prepare for the healthier campus environment. Whether it is through yard signs, health fairs or flash mobs, Georgia students recognize the benefits of going tobacco-free and have worked to prioritize not only their personal health, but also the health of those around them.
Students should know that the USG does not expect everybody to quit using tobacco, but rather asks that students respect the policy while in and on all USG facilities. As for students who are considering quitting tobacco, see below for cessation resources that are available on your campus.
In an effort to prepare University System of Georgia campuses to be tobacco-free, some schools have already created websites where students, faculty and staff can learn about the specifics of the policy change on their respective campuses, as well as learn of the resources that are available to them. Find your school and click below to see what your campus has to offer!
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