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University of Maryland Goes Smoke-Free

July 1, 2013
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Crystal Brown 301-405-4621 

The University of Maryland has become a smoke-free institution as of July 1, 2013.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has become a smoke-free institution as of July 1, 2013. The policy applies to everyone on campus, including visitors and contractors. It covers all buildings and all campus property, except for four designated smoking areas.

UMD's shift to a smoke-free campus is an extension of the University System of Maryland'sgoal to promote healthy, smoke-free environments for all faculty, staff, students and visitors on USM campuses. Smoke-free policies are now being implemented at all 12 USM institutions.

"We have an obligation to our students, employees and visitors to provide a healthy and clean campus environment," says UMD President Wallace Loh. "I am pleased that the university is taking this significant stride to promote our community's health and wellbeing, providing support to those who need it, and ensuring that all members of the campus community have the healthiest air possible to breathe."

The new policy will help reduce the health risks associated with smoking and enhance the culture of health and wellness at the university.

UMD offers a variety of resources for those who are looking to quit smoking. The University Health Center (UHC) provides a free Tobacco Cessation Program for members of the campus community. The program includes counseling, replacement therapy, acupuncture, meditation and stress management. Additional cessation resources are available on the UHC website.

Additional information about UMD's smoke-free policy is available at smokefree.umd.edu.