We are pleased to announce today that Clayton State University is joining forces with other University System Institutions and business leaders throughout the state by becoming a tobacco-free campus on Oct. 1.
As always, our primary concern when adopting new policy is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. However, we feel this move also answers Clayton State’s desire - and responsibility - to be a catalyst for positive change in the region. Ultimately, our goal is a healthier setting for everyone who experiences our exceptional learning environment. This opportunity creates the most advantageous paradigm for students and educators to excel in a smoke-free, supportive community.
The new policy includes all areas of the Clayton State University campus including the indoor and outdoor areas, parking lots, and vehicles on campus. Tobacco products are defined as cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and other smoking devices such as vapor and electronic cigarettes.
The comprehensive scope of the policy is a reflection of our on-going commitment to educational excellence at Clayton State, and stands as an important new development in bringing us closer to the shared learning goals we value as part of the Clayton State experience.
I believe that it is easy to comprehend that this decision is based solely on the concern for the overall health of every member of our campus community. I am confident that we will promote the decision campus-wide and as we interact with other community members throughout the area.
As always, thank you for your on-going determination to move our university forward. Thanks to you, Dreams. Made Real, is much more than a tagline… it is truly a reality achieved every day at Clayton State.
Tim Hynes, President, Clayton State University
A Clayton State Tobacco-Free website has been set up (http://www.clayton.edu/Tobacco-Free), and a closed-caption video of Dr. Hynes discussing the new policy is now on the University’s official You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8yyn1okIoc.
More information on the USG policy is available at; http://www.usg.edu/tobaccofree/.