CUNY and CSI to be Tobacco-Free in 2012

    View the Healthy CUNY: Tobacco-Free Web site.

    The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York approved The CUNY Revised Tobacco Policy on January 24, 2011.  This revised policy updates, expands and supersedes the policy enacted by the Board of Trustees Resolution effective January 1, 1995, which prohibited smoking inside all facilities, including vehicles operated by the University.  The revised policy states, in pertinent part, that effective no later than September 4, 2012, the following shall be prohibited at The City University of New York:

    (i) the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under CUNY jurisdiction, including indoor locations and outdoor locations such as playing fields; entrances and exits to buildings; and parking lots; (ii) tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution of marketing materials on campus properties; and (iii) tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.

    The revised policy further requires each college to “submit college-specific implementation plans for review and approval by the Chancellery by no later than June 30, 2011.”  Pursuant to this directive as well as consideration of the College of Staten Island’s status as a leader in health and wellness in the community, the environment, and respect for others, President Tomás D. Morales established a Tobacco-Free Environment Task Force to research best practices and make recommendations concerning the College’s transition to a healthier, tobacco-free campus.  Professor Richard Gid Powers, Department of History, and Linda Conte, Director of Health and Wellness Services, served as co-chairs of the Task Force which included members and consulting members representative of various campus constituents.  This Implementation Plan is based upon the Task Force’s recommendations and may be modified from time to time as appropriate.          

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    For additional information visit the Tobacco-Free CUNY website.