LETTER: It’s UWS’ turn for tobacco-freeTo the Telegram: It is time for the University of Wisconsin-Superior to take a leadership role in the community and go tobacco-free.
To the Telegram:
It is time for the University of Wisconsin-Superior to take a leadership role in the community and go tobacco-free.
The University of Minnesota Duluth, St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College already have policies in place for smoke- or tobacco-free campuses, as do many other schools throughout the UW System.
In 2003, all UW System residence halls went smoke-free, and in 2010, workplaces and public places in Wisconsin joined them. The Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation recently released their updated list of tobacco-free college campuses. To date, 16 Wisconsin campuses encompassing 57 sites have made the move to a tobacco-free campus, indoors and out.
For the health and protection of all students, faculty and staff, let’s make the University of Wisconsin-Superior the next college to follow this positive trend.
But isn’t it enough to just go smoke-free? “Why tobacco-free?” you might ask. Here’s why:
Tobacco-free campuses create a healthier and greener environment for students, faculty and staff. A tobacco-free environment provides motivation for tobacco users to get the help they need to quit for good.
Going completely tobacco-free makes implementation and enforcement of policy easier.
The facts are the facts. Tobacco in all its forms is dangerous. Let’s take a positive step and make UWS a better place for all of us.