Smoking on Campus?
By Christine Sportes, Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer
CUA community members need to be well informed and aware of the University’s policy regarding smoking on campus. Overall, smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, facilities, and other enclosed areas owned, operated, or leased by The Catholic University of America. This includes academic, administrative, dining, residential, athletic, recreational, and service use of buildings or facilities as well as all University vehicles. This smoke-free policy applies to all indoor air space including common areas and individually assigned spaces. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of an entrance or window of any building on campus. Although no-smoking signage is evident across campus, the smoke-free policy applies even in the absence of no-smoking signage.
Who does the CUA smoking policy apply to? This policy applies to all staff, faculty, students, contractors, vendors, and guests of the University. Vice presidents, deans, directors, and managers are responsible for enforcing this policy and for reporting violations to the associate vice president/chief human resources officer. Implementation of this policy requires all community members’ cooperation.
To view the CUA Smoking Policy, click the following link: http://policies.cua.edu/employment/other/smokefree.cfm.
On Nov. 16, 1977, the American Cancer Society hosted the first-ever Great American Smokeout in San Francisco. Every year since, the American Cancer Society has sponsored this nationwide event to educate and encourage people to quit the habit. This year’s Great American Smokeout is slated for Nov. 21. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the top 10 reasons to quit smoking are:
- To reduce chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
- To reduce chances of getting lung cancer, emphysema, and other lung diseases.
- To have better smelling clothes, hair, breath, home, and car.
- To climb stairs and walk without getting out of breath.
- To have fewer wrinkles.
- To be free of morning cough.
- To reduce the number of coughs, colds, and earaches your child will have.
- To have more energy to pursue physical activities.
- To treat yourself to new books or music with the money saved from not buying cigarettes.
- To have more control over life.
CUA employees who are interested in smoking cessation have two great options to consider:
Carebridge Employee Assistance Program offers resources to support smoking cessation at www.myliferesource.com (Access code: HSBH4).
United Healthcare offers smoking cessation programs and guidance for employees enrolled in any of the UHC health plans at www.myuhc.com.