The Tobacco-Free Task Force held an informational meeting yesterday to present on the policy, talk about how the policy will help the environment and hand out swag. As of Jan. 1, Emporia State is a tobacco free campus. 

“This is an example of a generation of students at Emporia State that will leave here knowing you can’t tell people that what you do doesn’t make a difference, because it is and it has made a difference,” said Jim Williams, vice president of student affairs. “I want to thank the students and the staff and faculty who have partnered with the students to do an outstanding job rolling this initiative out.” 

This initiative was not an easy process, according to Williams. 

“In the last six or seven months, the tremendous energy and effort that the committee has put into the communication, the services, the support, the understanding, the language, the culture, and how this will really impact our campus and how it is, in the long run, something that supports the health and lifestyles of all of us,” Williams said.  

Around 40 people attended the event. 

“This is really an exciting day for us, because it’s a day where we get to talk about the tobacco free policy that went into effect,” said Brooke Bailey, senior political science major. 

The Tobacco Free Campus Policy is “intended to support the goal of creating a safe, healthy, respectful learning and working environments for students, faculty, staff, and guests,” according to the policy statement. 

For more information visit emporia.edu/tobaccofree.

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