The health and welfare of Georgia students is a high priority for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Colleges frequently strive to reduce injuries and illness through policies that eliminate hazards and unsafe behaviors from their campuses. Tobacco should be no exception to this rule, as its usage is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States.
High rates of tobacco use among college students run counter to downward trends in the general population. Together with the administration, students at some USG institutions have already begun working to combat and decrease these rates. They have reached out to community organizations and sponsors to increase awareness of the policy change, and help fellow students and colleagues prepare for the healthier campus environment. Whether it is through yard signs, health fairs or flash mobs, Georgia students recognize the benefits of going tobacco-free and have worked to prioritize not only their personal health but also the health of those around them.
Students should know that the USG does not expect everybody to quit using tobacco, but rather asks that students respect the policy while in and on all USG facilities. As for students who are considering quitting tobacco, see below for cessation resources that are available on your campus.
EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR
DON’T LET YOUR FUTURE GO UP IN SMOKE
KICKING BUTTS IN AUGUSTA
WHO SAYS BEING A QUITTER IS A BAD THING?
TAR THE ROADS, NOT YOUR LUNGS