MU Goes Smoke-Free by July 2013
COLUMBIA - MU officials announced Thursday that MU will become a completely smoke-free campus by July 1st, 2013, six months ahead of their original goal of January 1st, 2014.
MU Student Health Representative Laura Ever said this smoke-free campus and campaign has been a vision of the health center's for years. She also said that the latest surveys of MU students who smoke found that 16 percent of the student population were smokers, which has decreased since the campaign started. Officials said they want to see that number decrease to 14 percent in the coming years.
Resources available to students who would like to quit smoking include an online and telephone coaching system, gum and patches to help quit smoking, as well as a holistic program that the Student Center is currently working on.
"You can't look at quitting smoking without looking at other parts of your health," Ever said.
A full list of resources and available options can also be found on smokeless.missouri.edu
There are already 800 colleges and universities across the country that have gone completely smoke-free. MU officials said they will be reaching out to other large universities, such as the University of Iowa and the University of Kentucky, to see what strategies worked best for them to reduce smoking on campus.
"We would like to change the cultural norm of smoking on MU's campus, and we hope that becoming smoke-free becomes the cultural norm," MU Family Medicine Professor Kevin Everett said.
The Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday in November every year.