Northwestern campuses to become tobacco free on July 1

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Northwestern campuses to become tobacco free on July 1

February 28, 2012

In order to comply with an executive order from Oklahoma’s governor, Northwestern Oklahoma State University has announced its plan to become tobacco free beginning on July 1.

On Feb. 6, Gov. Mary Fallin issued the order prohibiting the use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) on state-owned and state-leased property. This order would affect all buildings and property currently used by Northwestern, including its athletic venues.

Gov. Fallin gave each state agency up to six months to enact her order. Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, has asked that all Northwestern campuses become fully compliant by July 1.

“We understand the complexities of this issue, but Gov. Fallin’s order was clear and we will comply,” Cunningham said. “We are asking our students, employees and visitors to assist us in our transition into a tobacco free institution.”

Cunningham said she was encouraging students and employees to utilize resources available to help individuals end their use of tobacco products. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free resource that will provide assistance to those seeking to become tobacco free. Persons can contact the Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). The Helpline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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