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Be Well.

Be Orange.

OSU has cause for celebration this Nov. 15th for the Great American Smokeout!

November 15th, 2012

Over 96% of OSU students, staff, and faculty are smoke-free!  Comparing smoke-free rates for Benton County and the state of Oregon of 89% and 83% respectively, the numbers show OSU lives by the motto Be Well. Be Orange. Across the nation this Nov. 15th, the Great American Smokeout is about convincing people to quit smoking for one whole day.  At OSU it’s about celebrating our health.

On September 1st, the Smoke-Free OSU policy went into effect after four-years of surveys and research.  Currently, there are over 800 colleges and universities nationwide that are smoke-free, along with the University of Oregon—which has been smoke-free since Sept. 1st, too. Since making the transition, OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiatives team have heard lots of positive feedback from the community about being smoke-free. In a recent Barometer article, senior Eric Wong said, “I think it’s a good thing that OSU went smoke-free because walking behind people smoking or in front of the library in the years past when smoking was allowed was distracting and uncomfortable for me.”

With every change, adjustments and improvements need to be made. Currently, the areas around campus at SW Western & 15th and along NW Monroe are seeing increased traffic of smokers and litter. The Healthy Campus Initiatives team and partners are currently working to assess and improve the policy to make OSU a happier, healthier place for everyone.

Again, congratulations to OSU students, staff, and faculty for striving to live a positive, healthy life by choosing to be smoke-free.

For those on campus who do smoke, help is available through our Tobacco Cessation Program. Help yourself, a friend, or a family member who is ready to take the next step.

OSU Health Services – FREE Nicotine Gum & Patches for students. Faculty, staff pay a small fee.

Oregon Tobacco Quit Line – (1-800-Quit-Now)

PEBB Quit for Life Program – (1-866-784-8454)

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Comments and feedback are always welcome on OSU’s Smoke-Free Policy – Adam Race racea@onid.orst.edu

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