Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014, USFSM will be a completely smoke and tobacco free campus.
SARASOTA (December 19, 2013) – Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will become a completely Smoke and Tobacco Free campus on Monday, January 6, 2014. This policy includes all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes.
In a move supported by the USFSM student body, all smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited throughout the entire campus, both indoors and out. The University is providing students, faculty, staff and visitors a variety of resources to help them on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
All of the resources listed below are FREE to access, and many are also free for smokers’ families, friends and other loved ones who wish to quit smoking.
Resources to Help Quit
Student Health Services now offers free smoking cessation counseling to all USF students and employees.
Each State of Florida health insurance provider has programs and resources available to participants and their dependents. Click here for more information.
USF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided through Magellan Health, supplies online tools and articles to support smoking cessation efforts. The EAP is available at no cost to employees and all members of their households.
The Gulf Coast North Area Health Education Center provides free smoking cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapies to anyone in the community who wishes to stop smoking.
Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) offers free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy for anyone wishing to quit smoking. The Quitline and their Online Web Coach are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Smokefree.gov has online experts and support mechanisms for people who wish to kick the habit. Step-by-step Quit Guides are tailored to different level of readiness to quit smoking, and the site offers challenges for those who like healthy competition to stay on track.
For more information on how to quit and for a detailed explanation of the new rules, please visit: www.USFSM.edu/SmokeFree.
About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County. USFM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu