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Tobacco-free Policy

Jan. 15, 2014

Dear Rice Faculty, Staff and Students,

I write to remind you that Rice has a tobacco-free policy that restricts the use of all tobacco products to designated outdoor areas of the campus. The designated areas were selected to minimize exposure to secondhand smoke, so most are located away from intersections, major pathways and the quads. The approved locations are marked with a sign indicating "Designated Tobacco-Use Area." The policy, FAQs and a map of the Designated Tobacco-Use Areas can be found at http://rice.edu/tobacco-free.

The restriction on the use of tobacco products on campus is consistent with the university's other wellness initiatives. For example, we're offering a variety of programs, including weight control and skin-cancer screening, and we've eliminated copayments for generic medications for chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Faculty and staff can learn more about those programs at http://people.rice.edu/Wellness.aspx. In addition, Rice’s Employee Assistance Program can also provide one-on-one counseling.

The long-term goal is to provide a tobacco-free, healthy campus environment. If you smoke or chew tobacco, I encourage you to check out the helpful tips and resources compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm. For more information on the smoking-cessation programs available at Rice, visit http://quitsmoking.rice.edu.  

If you have questions or comments, feel welcome to contact Dan Fu, director of planning and projects, at dan.fu@rice.edu or 713-348-6088. Thank you in advance for your contributions to better health and wellness at Rice.

Kevin Kirby
Vice President for Administration