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Resources available in preparation for tobacco-free campus


In preparation for Ohio University’s move to a tobacco-free campus in August 2015, resources are being made available for University employees who want to quit smoking or other forms of tobacco use. OHIO is transitioning to become a tobacco-free University based on a recommendation from the Board of Regents in July 2012. This transition is part of a wellness initiative to support the health of the University community, as well as to prepare OHIO students for future tobacco-free environments.

Smoking and Tobacco Cessation Courses for Employees

To support OHIO employees who want to quit their tobacco use, tobacco cessation courses will be available. The program is based on the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start program. Cathy Lee, Tobacco-Free campus coordinator for Student Affairs, will be facilitating the course. An information session will be offered on Wed., Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center room 239. Individuals can sign up for the course at the information session or email Cathy Lee directly at leec2@ohio.edu. The cessation course will meet weekly at noon on Fridays through February mainly in Baker University Center room 239, with the Feb. 20 meeting in Baker University Center room 229. An additional course will be offered in March/April and will be announced on OHIO’s tobacco free website which will be live before February.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Coverage

An additional resource through Human Resources in support of OHIO employees desiring to stop tobacco use is complete coverage for 180 days of over the counter nicotine replacement therapy.

Community Education

Anyone wanting a presentation on the history, policies, and implementation strategies for becoming tobacco-free for their units can email tobacco-free@ohio.edu to schedule a presentation from a member of the tobacco-free task force.  

 

Website coming soon!

The tobacco free website will be going live in the last week of January. Watch for announcements by following the Twitter hashtag #ReadyOHIO and join the conversation.