University of Findlay becomes tobacco-free campus

FINDLAY — University of Findlay went from being tobacco free in buildings to being a completely tobacco free campus on Aug. 1.

The policy not only outlaws the use of cigarettes but all products that contain nicotine, including vaping devices. The policy was changed as part of the “Be the First,” campaign from CVS Health, which seeks to reduce tobacco use among college students.

A campus survey found 4 percent of students and 3 percent of faculty used tobacco. Four-hundred student survey responders, out of 700, indicated they were concerned about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and 54 percent of faculty responders agreed. The majority of both groups responded, saying colleges have a responsibility to help reduce the consumption of tobacco products by college students.

Punishment for not complying with the new policy will be decided on case by case basis depending on different factors. If individuals do not wish to follow the policy they will be asked to leave campus grounds.

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