There’s Still Time to Take the ‘Clearing the Air’ Survey

UCR offers many free resources for those looking for cessation support

In order to record the impact of the smoke/tobacco-free policy on campus, Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron T. Coley is encouraging staff, faculty, and students to complete the 2016 “Clearing the Air” survey. It is anonymous, and completing it allows the participant to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card to the UCR Campus Store.

To take the survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRWKYN3. Deadline to participate is Nov. 23.

The policy bans all forms of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It is just one part of an Integrated Healthy Campus Initiative designed to shift campus culture towards health and well-being in the physical environment, curriculum, practices, policies, and educational opportunities.

“As we embark on our Integrated Healthy Campus Initiative, it is my vision that UCR becomes a healthier working, living, and learning tobacco-free environment. I look forward to your feedback,” Coley said in an email sent earlier this month to staff and faculty.

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All University of California campuses are going tobacco and smoke free no later than Jan. 2, 2014.

Since January 2014, UC Riverside has been a smoke and tobacco free campus. UCR joined the entire UC system and over 1,500 colleges and universities across the country to show commitment to improve the health and wellness of students, staff, and faculty.

For people needing smoking cessation assistance, UCR offers free resources, such as:

To learn more about other resources to help you quit smoking or using tobacco, visit: tobaccofree.ucr.edu/cessation.html.

Since becoming a smoke and tobacco free campus, survey participants have indicated a decrease in second-hand smoke exposure across the campus. Also, last year a group of volunteers gathered on Earth Day for a Cigarette Butt Clean Up event.

Student ambassadors patrol spots on campus where smoking is still occurring. The University of California Office of the President has allocated money to fund research fellowships, as well as communication about the policy.

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