Dear faculty, staff, and students,
Trinity University will become a tobacco-free campus on August 1, 2017 in support of the University’s commitment to holistic wellness. According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country. As an institution of higher education, Trinity strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors in which to learn and work.
When the tobacco-free campus policy goes into effect, the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited on University property. The tobacco prohibition includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any other products usually identified with tobacco use. This prohibition includes Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, e-cigarettes, and vaping.
Becoming a 100 percent tobacco-free campus has been a four-year process for Trinity. In preparation for this initiative the Safety, Security and Health Committee sought the endorsement of the President’s office, the Faculty Senate, University staff, and the Student Government Association.
There are more than 20 colleges and universities in the state of Texas that are tobacco-free. However, the majority of these tobacco-free campuses are public institutions. This is an opportunity for Trinity to be a leader in wellness for private universities not only in San Antonio, but in the state of Texas.
Key motivators that led to Trinity to the decision to become a 100% tobacco-free campus are:
Trinity’s longitudinal Health and Wellness Survey was administered to current students in January 2017. This data showed that during the fall semester, 85 percent of Trinity students never smoked tobacco. These statistics reassure us this policy is congruent to our students’ health and wellness needs.
The tobacco-free policy and smoking cessation resources can be found at gotu.us/tobaccofree. For additional questions, please contact the Wellness Coordinator, Katherine Hewitt, MPH, CHES at khewitt [at] trinity.edu.
Danny J. Anderson