Nebraska U's tobacco-free policy remains in effect

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Nebraska U’s tobacco-free policy remains in effect

The university will enact a tobacco-free campus policy starting Jan. 1.
The university enacted a student-led, tobacco-free campus policy on Jan. 1.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln prohibits the use of all smoking, tobacco and vaping products on its properties.

Nebraska’s tobacco-free policy, which launched Jan. 1, grew from a student-led initiative. In March, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska and a universitywide exploratory committee conducted the survey of students, faculty and staff to gauge interest in creating a tobacco/smoke-free policy. The survey showed that 83.8 percent of students as well as 88.4 percent of faculty and staff supported the enactment of restrictive smoking policies at Nebraska.

The change follows a national trend to enact smoke- and tobacco-free policies designed to encourage healthier campus and work environments, and aligns with initiatives at a majority of Big Ten institutions and other universities in the state.

As the fall semester starts, students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to take appropriate steps to observe the policy. Resources for tobacco cessation and policy education are available at the university’s information page regarding the new policy.

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