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Stony Brook Is Tobacco-Free

To all Students, Faculty and Staff,

Please join me in spreading the word that Stony Brook University is 100 percent tobacco-free effective January 1, 2016. In doing so, Stony Brook joins the ranks of more than 1,000 other schools around the nation, including several SUNY schools, in a commitment to foster respect for others, promote health and wellness, and keep our campus environment clean and free from the harmful effects of tobacco products.

I invite you to visit Stony Brook’s tobacco-free website for information about the new policy. The tobacco-free policy is not intended to be punitive and does not force individuals to stop smoking or using tobacco while outside of our campus.

For those who would like smoking and/or tobacco use cessation assistance, Stony Brook will continue to offer support and resources through the Student Health Service, “Healthier U” and Employee Health at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Many people volunteered their time and efforts as we worked through the tobacco-free policy, the support initiatives and the launch. I’d like to extend my thanks to the tobacco-free steering committee, advisory council, working groups, and the students, faculty and staff who provided feedback through different focus groups. As we move forward, I thank the entire campus community for your support in making this policy successful.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the tobacco-free initiative, please send your contact information to tobaccofree@stonybrook.edu.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD
President

 

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