The university neighborhood
and members of the community are
encouraged to attend at least one
of the tobacco-free forums held by
Chancellor Bernie Patterson.
There will be three forums, two
of which will be held on Oct. 31 in
the DUC Alumni Room from 8 to 9
a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. The third forum
will be held on Nov. 1 in room 116 of
the College of Professional Studies
building from 1 to 2 p.m.
Last year, students voted on a
referendum that was passed by the
Student Government Association
in favor of a tobacco-free campus.
Faculty and staff were also surveyed
and showed a majority opinion in
support of the referendum.
These forums are being held for
the benefit of students and community
members. They will be able to voice
their opinions about the topic.
Sallie Scovill, associate professor
of health promotion and human
development and the employee
wellness coordinator, said the forums
are a last chance for individuals to
express their feelings about having a
“The Chancellor wants to give
campus constituents a chance to voice
their opinions and feelings as he plans
to make a final decision by the end of
the semester,” Scovill said.
Individuals are encouraged
to speak up about the subject of
a tobacco-free campus to help aid
the chancellor in deciding how to
move forward with the SGA binding referendum and survey results.
“This is a health issue for
everyone, whether you are a tobacco
user or not. I hope the forums are well
attended,” said Mike Zsido, chair of
the Environmental Health and Safety Committee.
“We are concerned for the health of the students because tobacco causes
5 million deaths per year; cigarettes
cause one in five deaths annually. Our
goal is for the campus to go tobacco-
free and have the number of tobacco
users decrease,” Zsido said.
If the tobacco-free movement
moves forward an implementation
committee will be formed and the
policy will be set in stone in August
“There has been an overwhelming
support from faculty, staff and
students in the surveys and the
SGA binding referendum that as a
wellness campus, and as a campus
that supports healthy communities,
we need to start walking our talk and
go with the will of the majority on
campus,” Scovill said.
Many hope for the referendum
to pass and for the campus to go
tobacco-free. Help will be provided
for those planning to quit.
“As the employee wellness
coordinator, my office is prepared
to offer resources to all our faculty
and staff who need assistance with
tobacco cessation,” Scovill said.
Health Services and health
advocates are resources on campus
that have information and programs
dedicated to students who want to