Statement from UH Mānoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman
I am pleased to announce that the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will officially be a smoke-free campus on July 1, 2015. Mānoa will join over 1,000 colleges and universities that are already smoke-free. The goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, employees and visitors.
UH Mānoa has been working on this policy since March 2012, when the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi and the Mānoa Faculty Senate passed resolutions in support of a tobacco-free campus.
Education and training is a key component of this initiative. Efforts will focus on discouraging the use of all tobacco and making sure there are resources available for anyone who wants to quit. To that end, a website with educational materials, cessation support services and policy information is available at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/smokefree.
In the months leading to the July 1 official start date, a task group will be working with appropriate campus departments on implementation steps to ensure a smooth transition.
I ask for your understanding and support during this transitional phase and encourage everyone to take an active role in sharing and promoting this endeavor for a healthier lifestyle and campus environment.