The new policy would ban tobacco use on campus beginning with the Fall 2015 semester. The goal is to promote health and wellness.
A campus group – formed by students in a communications class about how to run public relations campaigns – is being credited for helping nudge the university to take a closer look at a ban. The Hornets for Healthy Hive campaign provided school officials with research and recommendations for a tobacco-free policy.
According to The State Hornet, a survey conducted in Spring 2013 showed 70 percent of students prefer a tobacco-free university.
In a statement, Gonzalez said the policy is the result of input from various groups on campus.
I appreciate the students, faculty and staff who have worked on this issue, and I look forward to working with the campus community to ensure the healthiest environment possible at Sacramento State.
Nearly 1,000 college campuses nationwide are tobacco-free.
The American NonSmokers' Rights Foundation has published a list of smokefree and Tobacco-Free colleges and universities in the U.S.