Message from the President
Effective July 1, 2013, all property owned or leased by the University of Mount Olive will become tobacco-free. This means that smoking will not be permitted in any building or outdoor area, nor will the use of any tobacco products on campus be permitted. The creation of a tobacco-free environment is in accordance with our University Covenant, which expects each of us to assume responsibility for our own well-being and for the well-being of others. This decision was made in response to the fact that tobacco smoke is a proven health hazard to both smokers and non-smokers, and that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
During the past year, campus personnel have been working with interested individuals to provide access and information to a variety of cessation programs and a wide range of supportive systems to help our students, faculty, and staff transition to a healthier lifestyle. We do understand that that overcoming a dependence on tobacco can be extremely challenging, and so we ask for the cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products in helping to achieve a courteous atmosphere of self-enforcement.
Thank you for your assistance as we go forward together and become Tobacco-Free at UMO.
Philip P. Kerstetter, Ph.D.
President, University of Mount Olive
When does the Tobacco-Free Policy go into effect?
July 1, 2013
Why is the University of Mount Olive going Tobacco-Free?
The University of Mount Olive is dedicated to providing a healthy and productive environment for it faculty, staff, students and visitors. Research findings show that use of tobacco products constitutes a significant health hazard; tobacco smoke is a proven health and safety hazard both to smokers and to non-smokers who are involuntarily exposed to the second hand smoke. By endorsing this tobacco-free policy, University of Mount Olive joins more than 850 colleges and universities around the country to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure, promoting healthy practices and choices for individuals, and establishing a collegiate culture of wellness.
To whom does the Tobacco-Free Policy apply?
The tobacco-free policy applies to anyone who is on property, in university vehicles, representing the University or on any facility owned, leased or operated by the University of Mount Olive, including all employees, students, visitors and vendors.
What is prohibited under the Tobacco-Free Policy?
Use of all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookahs and smokeless tobacco products are prohibited. Smokeless tobacco includes, but is not limited to, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches or other forms of loose leaf tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited.
What are the borders of the Tobacco-Free environment?
Tobacco use is prohibited on all University of Mount Olive premises within the boundaries from public sidewalks or property lines on the edge of each of the University’s campuses, properties and leased spaces. This includes all buildings, walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and garages, on-campus roads and driveways, grounds, on-campus bus stops and shelters, exterior open spaces, sports venues and personal and university vehicles in these areas. There will no longer be designated smoking areas. Tobacco use is prohibited in any vehicle owned by the University of Mount Olive.
Can I smoke or use Tobacco in my vehicle while on campus?
No. The policy prohibits tobacco use in personal vehicles while on any of the University of Mount Olive’s property.
Can I get help to quit?
Yes. A study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Management of Nicotine Addiction notes that 70% of current smokers want to quit smoking. With that in mind, the University of Mount Olive offers free tobacco cessation counseling through its Employee Assistance and Student Assistance programs. Click here for scheduled programming.
How will the Tobacco-Free Policy be enforced?
Awareness of this policy will be promoted through signage, posters, printed materials, emails, web pages, students/employee orientations, videos and other avenues. Violations should be reported just like any other policy violation at the University of Mount Olive. Students and employees who violate this policy may be subject to university disciplinary action. Visitors who violate this policy, including contractors, vendors and those acting on their behalf, may be denied access to university property.
Does this policy extend to neighboring properties?
No. However, employees and students are expected to be good representatives of the University of Mount Olive and respect neighboring properties outside our campuses and other facilities.
What are the rights of Tobacco users?
There is no legal right to smoke or use tobacco under either state or federal law. The University of Mount Olive has the right and responsibility to enact policies to reduce injuries and illness by eliminating hazards and unsafe acts and conditions from its premises. Prohibiting tobacco use on university properties provides access to clean smoke-free air while allowing adults who smoke to continue to do so off-property. It reduces the waste associated with smoking and use of smokeless tobacco. This policy supports the rights and privileges of both tobacco-users and non-users alike.
Getting Motivated to Quit
Why you should quit
If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. That’s because nicotine is a very addictive drug. Just seconds after you inhale smoke, nicotine travels to the brain, telling it to release chemicals to make you want to smoke more. Usually people try to quit several times before finally succeeding. The good news is that each time you try, you will be stronger and closer to quitting for good.
The reasons to keep trying to quit are stronger than ever. Smoking is responsible for large numbers of death from cancer, heart attacks, stroke and lung disease. Low birth weight, premature delivery, respiratory distress syndrome and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are linked to smoking during pregnancy. Up to 25% of all deaths from home fires are from fires that were started by smoking materials. Lung cancer isn’t the only cancer caused by smoking. Others include cancer of the larynx, esophagus, kidneys, pancreas and stomach. Although many people believe smokeless (chewing) tobacco is less hazardous to your health than cigarettes, it can cause cancer of the mouth. Tobacco of all kinds can cause cancer. The health benefits of quitting are tremendous. After 5 to 15 years of not smoking, ex-smokers’ risks of developing heart and lung diseases, cancer and lung problems drop to the same levels as if they had never smoked.
Financial considerations are an excellent incentive to quit. The average cost of a pack is six dollars. If you are a pack a day smoker, you are dropping over two thousand dollars a year on the habit. A tin of snuff can be purchased for five dollars and not only is it cheaper, but it has more addictive nicotine than sixty cigarettes.
Maybe your reasons to quit might be social. Better breath, cleaner teeth and clothes that are odorless might be desirable. Greater productivity because of fewer trips to the smoking area is a great reason. Each of you has a unique take on what being “tobacco free” could mean. One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing you have the power to put tobacco down and not let it control your mind.
Prepare yourself to quit
Given the overwhelming evidence that smoking is bad for your health, most smokers want to quit. If you are one of the 47 million people in the United States who smoke, the steps listed later may help you quit. Remember: anyone can quit, regardless of age, health or lifestyle. If you want to stop smoking, start preparing for it today. Set a quit date and stick to it. If you slip, forgive yourself, and then get right back to quitting. Your success will be greatly influenced by your desire and determination to quit smoking for good. When you decide to quit smoking, remember that you may experience symptoms of withdrawal. For heavy smokers, withdrawal may include headaches, constipation, irritability, nervousness, trouble concentrating or insomnia. Increased coughing may also occur as the cilia (tiny hairs that sweep away irritant from the air passages) in your lungs become active again.
Identifying your triggers
For about a week, smoke as you normally would, doing your usual activities. Be aware of every cigarette. Even if you think you know your triggers already, try writing them down in a journal. The results may surprise you. For every cigarette you have, write down the date, time, place, who you’re with, why you smoked, and how you felt. When you have enough information to identify your triggers, you can stop journaling. Be honest. Answers may repeat. Review what you’ve written to form a plan for avoiding the habitual traps in your life.
Speak with your Physician
If you feel you might need prescription medication to assist in stopping, your doctor will know if and what products might be right for you. Also check into what you can buy “over the counter.” There are many types of cessation tools. Check the resources list. Create an “action plan.”
Making a decision to quit, getting your plan together and checking your resources are all great ways to start on your “brighter tomorrow.”
Policy and Enforcement
The University of Mount Olive has set the following 100% Tobacco Free policy, to be implemented on July 1st, 2013.
- Prohibited use of tobacco by students, faculty, staff and visitors:
- In all campus buildings, facilities or property owned or leased by the University of Mount Olive and outside areas of the same;
- On campus grounds, parking lots, facilities or vehicles that are the property of the University of Mount Olive;
- At lectures, conferences, meetings, athletic matches and social/cultural events held on school property.
- The same or distribution of free tobacco products at any college location or sponsored function.
- Student groups are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies.
- No advertising for tobacco products in any publication or on the physical grounds of the University of Mount Olive.
- The University of Mount Olive will provide free, accessible tobacco treatment on campus.
These tobacco treatment programs shall be publicized regularly in student and staff publications, posted in residence halls and campus buildings, through Student Affairs, Student Health Center and through other appropriate means.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
The University of Mount Olive is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with a safe and healthy environment. The University of Mount Olive recognizes the use of tobacco products is detrimental to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors. University of Mount Olive also recognizes that it has the legal authority to prohibit tobacco use pursuant to G.S.143-599.
- For the purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, snus, smokeless, spit and snuff.
- Tobacco companies are defined as follows: companies that directly produce tobacco or purchase tobacco for the production, distribution, marketing or sale of tobacco products.
- The University of Mount Olive will ensure proper signage and other physical indicators or our policy are provided.
- All smoking waste management products such as ashtrays shall be removed. Announcements of the Tobacco Free campus policy will be made during campus lectures, meetings, athletic matches and social/cultural events.
- Violators of the policy shall be issued a verbal reminder of the policy. Visitors who repeatedly violate the policy shall be asked to leave campus. Faculty and staff who repeatedly violate the policy shall be referred to their supervisor and shall be given tobacco cessation materials. In rare instances, repeated violations by faculty or staff can result in further personnel actions such as reprimand.
- Housing and Residence Life staff are responsible for compliance in campus residences per the University of Mount Olive Student Handbook.
Vice President for Student Affairs, 919-658-7838
Director of Human Resources; 919-658-7494
Director of Health Services, 919-658-7888
University of Mount Olive Executive Council: April 12, 2013
Original adoption date(s):
Last Amended date:
Related compliance standards/external policy documents:
Publication in the Student Handbook, University Catalog, Staff Handbook and Faculty Manual.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found the following treatments to be most effective:
- Counseling and medication are effective when used by themselves for treating tobacco dependence. The combination of counseling and medication, however, is more effective than either alone.
- Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has a broad reach.
- Seven first-line medications (5 nicotine and 2 non-nicotine) reliably increase long-term smoking abstinence rates:
- Bupropion SR – Nicotine nasal spray – Nicotine gum – Nicotine patch – Nicotine inhaler – Varenicline – Nicotine lozenge
Several medications such as Chantix and Zyban are covered partially under your BCBSNC benefits.
- BCBSNC’s standard plans cover two Chantix prescriptions (180 days each) during a member’s lifetime. Tier 3 drug; co-pay $40.00 (under University of Mount Olive BCBS Medical Plan)
- BCBSNC’s standard plans cover two Zyban prescriptions (180 days each) during a members’ lifetime. Tier 2 drug ; co-pay $25.00 (under University of Mount Olive BCBS Medical Plan)
- QuitlineNC is a resource for people who want to quit smoking, for their families and friends who want to help, and for health professionals with patients who use tobacco. They also offer a telephone based quitline with health counselors who provide support and information (1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669)
- Quit Tobacco- Provides individuals with well-tested and successful ideas to help you quit smoking. Gives tips on how to quit, how to stay quit, managing stress, getting support, etc.
- American Cancer Society- American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
- American Heart Association- AHA's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for sudden cardiac death.
- American Lung Association- The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Smoking-related diseases are directly responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer cases and cause most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Freedom From Smoking® online Participate in the American Lung Association’s popular program for free online
- NC Health Info- Offers a listing of tobacco cessation resources for each county in North Carolina.
- North Carolina Healthy Start- Provides downloadable materials for pregnant smokers who are trying to stop using tobacco.
- Created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), smokefree.gov allows you to select the type of help that best fits your smoking cessation needs. You can get immediate assistance in the form of: an online step-by-step smoking cessation guide, local and state telephone quit lines, NCI's national telephone quit line NCI's instant messaging service, publications that can be downloaded, printed or ordered.
- Step Up NC- Highly interactive Web site specifically designed to help teens stop using tobacco. Also focuses on prevention on tobacco use initiation.
- Truth Initiative - Inspiring tobacco-free lives.
- United States Department of Health and Human Services- Provides the latest information to help people quit smoking, and to help health care professionals treat tobacco use and dependence. Some materials available in Spanish.