HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will launch a Tobacco-Free Campus policy on Aug. 1, at which time the use of tobacco will be prohibited on LMU property.
“The university has made great strides in fostering a healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors, but this is perhaps its greatest commitment to the health of this learning community. There is no denying the long-term health hazards that may accrue to people who use tobacco products or who are subjected to second-hand smoke,” LMU President B. James Dawson said.
“As an emerging leader in health care and health science education, it only makes sense that we turn our attention to our own health and well-being. While this is a significant step for LMU, we will be following in the footsteps of many of our peer institutions.”
The Tobacco-Free Campus policy prohibits the use of tobacco products on LMU properties; LMU-affiliated off-campus locations and clinics; and any buildings owned, leased or rented by LMU in all other areas. The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors of LMU and is in effect 24 hours a day, year-round. All University buildings and grounds, including residence halls, parking lots and cars parked are also subject to the ban on tobacco products.
The policy covers the personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lit or not. Additionally, electronic cigarettes or any other nicotine delivery through vapor devices are also prohibited from use. Fines and citations will not be a part of the basic enforcement of this policy; however, the discipline policies applicable shall be invoked, if necessary, to secure compliance with this policy.
“All members of our community will be responsible for compliance with this policy. I hope that our faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors will understand that the spirit and intent of this policy is for the betterment of our community and comply voluntarily,” Dawson said.
The university will provide assistance to faculty, staff and students who may wish to stop using tobacco. Students can reach out to Student Services for more information about smoking cessation programs. For faculty and staff, the Department of Human Resources can provide more information about tobacco cessation resources.