Revised tobacco policy to go into effect Aug. 1

July 28, 2011 | News, UToday
By Kim Goodin

Signs that change is literally in the air are evident as the effective date for UT’s revised tobacco policy draws near.

Construction on several designated tobacco use areas continues, and signage will be posted throughout UT’s campuses before students return. The revised policy will take effect Monday, Aug. 1.

The policy restricts tobacco use to the designated huts, but does not affect Health Science Campus, which has been tobacco-free since 2006.

Alexis Blavos, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention specialist and a member of the committee that crafted the policy change, has hosted monthly informational meetings since the revision was announced. During the meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month in various locations, Blavos discusses tobacco cessation methods, including medication, support groups and online counseling.

“I tell anyone who’s attempting to curb or stop their tobacco use to check their individual insurance plans to see what type of assistance is covered,” Blavos said.

For more information on the monthly meetings, click here.

Seven of the designated huts will be scattered across Main Campus, with one each on the Scott Park Campus for Energy and Innovation and at the Lake Erie Center.

Locations on Main Campus will be:

• East side of Carlson Library;

• Between Stranahan Hall and University Hall;

• Between Academic House and International House;

• Between the Crossings and Ottawa House;

• In McComas Village;

• Near Dowd, Nash and White halls; and

• Near Nitschke Hall.

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