ST. GEORGE —The Great American Smokeout event held Wednesday morning at the Dixie State University Encampment Mall served as a historical event as it marked the one year anniversary since DSU was approved to become a smoke-free campus.
The DSU Board of Trustees approved the tobacco-free campus policy on Nov. 22, 2013. A year later, students, DSU Student Association, DSU Health and Wellness Center, and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department band together to keep the tobacco-free awareness and policy fresh in the minds of students and faculty on campus.
“First and foremost this is a public health issue, but it is also a perfect opportunity for students and faculty to learn more about the policy and what they can do to help support it and enforce it,” DSU Senior Rhett Sullivan said.
Sullivan’s senior capstone project, with the help of DSUSA, aimed to bring awareness of the policy and ensure the longevity of its implementation on campus. At the Great American Smokeout, he provided information about the policy and brought forth a social media campaign that advocates supporting those who need to quit using tobacco on campus. He also supplied information for those wanting to quit off campus as well.
Students at the DSU Health and Wellness Center provided information about the health issues of smoking and handed out “cold turkey” sandwiches. Representatives from the SUPHD provided resources for people who want to quit using tobacco and distributed tobacco quit kits.
“Since the Tobacco-free Campus Policy has been passed, I haven’t seen but maybe a few people smoke,” Sullivan said, “but I want to make sure campus has a supportive, not condemning, environment for people who have to quit smoking on campus.”
Submitted by Dixie State University
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