Do you know about UNH’s Policy on Tobacco?

December 1, 2015

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Do you know about UNH’s Policy on Tobacco?
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Learn about UNH’s aim towards maintaining a community with as little smoking as possible

Did you know that UNH has a specific policy intended to limit tobacco use on campus? It has since 2002. Under the policy, smoking is not permitted in the following campus areas:

  1. Inside all buildings owned and occupied or leased and occupied by UNH.
  2. University vehicles.
  3. Outdoor Areas:
    1. Entrances and outside stairways to buildings, and outdoor passageways to entrances and stairways. Smoking will not be allowed within twenty (20) feet of a building or an air intake unit.
    2. Courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping or other barriers.
    3. Outdoor entry or service lines, such as for ticket purchases, event admis­sions, bus stops, ATMs, etc.
    4. Outdoor seating areas provided by food services.
    5. Areas where there is fixed seating, such as Cowell Stadium.
    6. Areas that are reserved for events that do not have fixed seating but for which the sponsor determines that the interests of nonsmokers need to be protected (e.g., outdoor concerts, university receptions and events, and groundbreaking ceremonies). Such areas are designated “no smoking” by posting signage at appropriate locations or providing proper advanced noti­fication.

The policy prioritizes education and cessation resources to help support campus members to quit smoking and using tobacco. It also prohibits the sales and marketing of tobacco products on campus.

In  2014, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), in collaboration with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) has been awarded funding from the State of New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) to assist in developing policy, identifying enforcement infrastructure, and augmenting cessation efforts with the goal of creating tobacco-free environments on all affiliated campuses.  This public education system of two and four year institutions represents 23 college campuses in 15 New Hampshire cities and towns, over 40,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff.

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