Tobacco Free Community
Let's Share Clean Air
Inspired by the Jesuit commitment to cura personalis, Loyola University New Orleans is committed to promoting a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Loyola University New Orleans acknowledges and supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and passive, is a significant health hazard. In light of these health risks, and in support of a safe and healthy learning and working environment, Loyola University New Orleans has set the following Tobacco Free Policy.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide direction for a Tobacco Free Community at Loyola University New Orleans, to promote a healthy campus environment by decreasing community exposure to secondhand smoke and to prevent student smokers from developing a lifelong smoking habit.
To anonymously report a violation of this policy, please file a report with the time and location of the incident.
The American College Health Association Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses “encourages colleges and universities to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide, tobacco-free environment” (ACHA 2009) and has created objectives for tobacco cessation for students, faculty and staff in Healthy Campus 2020 documents. As of June 2012, there are 281 completely tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States (American Lung Association).
The Smoke-Free Campus Committee for Loyola University New Orleans was created on January 17, 2014 at the request of the Student Government Association, in accordance with the enactment of LA ACT No. 211, requiring all public, post-secondary educational institutions to develop smoke-free policies for their campuses effective August 1, 2014. Although ACT No. 211 does not require private universities to be smoke-free, Tulane University elected to comply with the statute and further decided to become a tobacco-free institution effective August 1, 2014. The first meeting of the Smoke-Free Campus Committee for Loyola University New Orleans was convened March 20, 2014 and included members from across the Loyola community.