Tobacco-free SUNY possible by 2014

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June 13, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Leaders of New York's public university system want all campuses to be tobacco-free.    

The State University of New York Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to support legislation to ban tobacco from all campus buildings, both indoors and outdoors, as well as parking ramps and other on-and off-campus facilities.

Smoking has been banned inside SUNY dorms, buildings and vehicles since 2007.   

If passed, the legislation would place SUNY among the largest public university systems in the country to adopt a tobacco-free policy. There are 64 campuses in the SUNY system, with nearly 468,000 students.

In the resolution memoradum it states:

...the Board of Trustees supports State legislation madating that all SUNY campuses be tobacco-free by no later than January 1, 2014.

SUNY shared some of the reasoning behind the resoultion in their release to the press June 12th :

“Tobacco use on college campuses is a serious public health issue for which SUNY can be a larger part of the solution,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “By establishing a policy that will prohibit the use of tobacco among our 468,000 students and 88,000 employees on campuses across New York, we will have a positive impact on their health and that of our visitors.”

“SUNY has a responsibility to promote the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors while they are on our campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I commend the Board for making the health of these groups a priority and I look forward to working with legislative leaders to develop a state law that will make SUNY 100 percent tobacco-free by the end of next year.”

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