LSU tobacco-free plans announced
BATON ROUGE - The ashtrays have been removed from LSU's campus and the Baton Rouge campus will make history on Aug. 1 by going completely smoke-free.
LSU is required to ban tobacco use on August 1 in accordance with the Louisiana Legislature's smoke-free requirement for public post-secondary institutions in the state, but administration says the campus will see benefits from the change.
"Going tobacco-free underscores our commitment to a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff," said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. "It is also in keeping with policies in place at many universities across the country. Overall, it's simply the right thing to do for LSU."
The policy includes smoking and other tobacco based products and applies to all individuals while on LSU campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors and visitors. E-cigarettes and similar products are also banned under the policy.
Developers of the policy said they considered the impact on the personal freedom of individuals in the LSU community, but concern about the negative health effects, facilities administration cost and student recruitment considerations took priority.
While ashtrays are no longer provided on the university grounds, early enforcement of the policy will depend on respect and cooperation from students, staff and the public, according to LSU administration.
The university intends to follow up the ban with support for students and employees who want to quit using tobacco products, including tobacco cessation counseling and resources from the LSU Student Health Center. Spokesperson Ernie Ballard said information cards explaining the policy were also being handed out to students and faculty at orientation events, and were being sent out to season ticket holders to make them aware the policies also extended to on-campus tailgating.
For more information on LSU's tobacco free movement and resources to help quit, please visit the university's We're Tobacco Free! website.