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Tobacco-Free IU Northwest

IU Northwest Campus to Become Tobacco Free

New Policy Promotes a Healthy Learning and Work Environment

Indiana University Northwest will be one of the first universities in Northwest Indiana to ban the use or sale of all tobacco products when the entire IU Northwest campus goes “Tobacco Free” this fall.

In order to foster a safe and healthy learning environment, IUNorthwest is proud to announce that we are tobacco-free effective August 20, 2007. This is in accordance with a University-wide mandate from former Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert. This effort is part of a larger Indiana University initiative in which all IU campuses will be tobacco-free by Janaury 2008.

IU Northwest will join IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo and IU Southeast as tobacco-free campuses. Herbert stated in February that all IU campuses will be tobacco-free by the end of 2007.

Effective August 20, 2007, the use or sale of any tobacco product – – will be prohibited on IU Northwest-owned, -operated or -leased property. The “Tobacco Free” policy will also ban the use and sale of tobacco products in university-owned, -leased or -operated vehicles.

Under the new policy, the use or sale of tobacco products - cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff - is prohibited on university-owned, operated or leased property or vehicles at any time. Smoking in personal vehicles, however, is allowed.

Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students to not only comply with but also to encourage the compliance of others in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study, and live. Current students, faculty, and staff have been advised of the new policy.

“It is our goal to preserve the freedom of all members of the IU Northwest family who choose to smoke, while protecting the rights of non-smokers who wish to enjoy our campus without being affected by second-hand smoke,” said Chancellor Bruce W. Bergland.

In an effort to maintain the health and well-being of the entire campus, smoking cessation programs are being developed and will be offered to everyone at little or no cost to participants. Continuation of the cessation programs will be evaluated annually by the University to determine if the programs should be continued based on interest and participation