A health and wellness event honoring the Great American Smokeout will be celebrated at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in the Campus Center Courtyard. There will be games and prizes, free giveaways, and distribution of health education and smoking cessation information.
In addition, the American Cancer Society has just awarded UH Mānoa a $20,000 Tobacco-free Generation Campus Initiative grant to implement state law that designates all 10 UH System campuses as tobacco-free areas that prohibit smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices.
The grant will be administered over 18 months from November 1, 2018, to April 30, 2020. Funding will be used for the design and production of tobacco-free educational materials and for hosting several tobacco control stakeholder meetings and events.
The state Department of Health has also provided grant funds to help UH with implementation of its Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative.
The tobacco-free UH law was passed during the 2018 legislative session due to efforts by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network Hawaiʻi-Pacific staff, volunteers and community advocates, including UH stakeholders. The law took effect on July 10, 2018. The law covers, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, vaping apparatus, chewing tobacco and pipes.
UH joins more than 2,000 universities and colleges across the country in creating healthier environments.