I am proud to announce that beginning, Thursday, May 1, 2014, University of the Sciences is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. The implementation of this important policy change will have a far-reaching effect on almost everyone.
As an institution devoted to healthcare and science, USciences is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment. With this new policy in place, the University joins a growing list of other colleges and universities who have made a commitment to banning smoke and/or tobacco products on campus.
The USciences campus-wide, smoke and tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all campus property, in owned or leased and operated buildings, recreation areas, and outdoors. It extends to all faculty members, staff, students, visitors, contractors, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit.
This is an exciting and a milestone announcement for USciences. The policy is in support of Philadelphia law 050063-A and comes on the heels of the City’s announcement on April 29, 2014, to ban smoking in public parks.
USciences public safety officers will be informing those who may not be aware of the policy by handing out small pocket cards as a notification.
For those individuals who do smoke but no longer on campus, we expect that you will dispose of your cigarette/cigar butts in a responsible way that respects others as well as the environment. I encourage those who do smoke to learn about the smoking cessation programs and support that are available.
Having a smoke and tobacco-free campus is best for the health, wellness, and environmental sustainability of USciences and its community.
Thank you for helping to promote this new endeavor,Helen Giles-Gee