UNLV will become a smoke-free campus this fall
On August 15, 2022 – in time for the fall 2022 semester – UNLV will join approximately 2,000 universities across the country that have become smoke-free campuses.
Led by the UNLV School of Public Health in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Nevada Public Health Association, and Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition , this policy will apply to students, faculty and staff. and visitors to all UNLV properties. This includes the Maryland Parkway, Shadow Lane, and Paradise campuses of the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center, and any other buildings or facilities owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by UNLV in the State of Nevada.
“This policy is long overdue, and we are proud that it is finally taking effect,” said Shawn Gerstenberger, dean of the UNLV School of Public Health. “We are grateful for the support of UNLV leadership and our community partners, and we believe this is a step in the right direction to provide an environment for living, learning and working cleaner and healthier for students, faculty, staff and visitors. ”
The Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy was approved by the UNLV University Policy Committee in September 2021 following a period of on-campus review and comment. This policy will be in place for the Fall 2022 semester and will prohibit all forms of smoking, tobacco use, marijuana, and unregulated nicotine products, including but not limited to:
- Cigarettes, cigars (commercial or self-rolled)
- Pipes, hookahs, water pipes
- Electronic cigarettes
- Vape pens
- Bidis, Kreteks
- Smokeless tobacco (eg, snuff, snus, chew)
- Cannabis / marijuana in all its forms
“The Southern Nevada Health District fully supports UNLV’s decision to become a smoke-free campus. It contributes to a healthier learning and working environment for students and staff. As Southern Nevada continues to add more and more smoke-free spaces, our neighbors, friends and co-workers are more likely to enjoy a healthier environment,” said Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer. of Southern Nevada Health.
Although UNLV does not require people to stop smoking or using tobacco products, the university is committed to supporting anyone who wishes to quit. Assistance in overcoming addiction to tobacco products is available. Individuals are encouraged to seek assistance through the Nevada Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting nevada.quitlogix.org.
“By becoming a smoke-free, vaping-free, and tobacco-free campus, those at UNLV will be protected from involuntary exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke,” Gerstenberger said. “It will also establish a supportive atmosphere for those trying to quit smoking and create a culture of wellness for the campus community.”
Visit the UNLV School of Public Health to know more about the policy and access resources on how to quit smoking.