Dixie University celebrates 1 year smoke-free campus with smokeout

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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10 Comments

  • Notagain November 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I encourage all to read the Related Posts listed after the article. (The July 14th Perspectives article is a good starting point).

  • Red Rocker November 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Good, I don’t want to be around people expressing their freedom by polluting my air and their bodies. I want them to do it in their own homes. Of course, their expensive medical care will be paid out of all our pockets.

    • Notagain November 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Don’t forget to clean your boots and carry a bottle of BEAN-O when your out and about in town Red Rocker. You never know when that turkey sandwich will cause problems. You dig?

  • Koolaid November 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    When will DSU institute mandatory prayer calls?

    • Notagain November 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

      When they (DSU), are convinced the folks are hooked on what they are told is in the best interest of humankind and the DSU institution . (Remember to bring your own prayer rug).

    • Zonkerb November 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      That comes next after daughter breeding

  • Citizen November 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Proud to live in a City, and be part of a community that makes a difference. Awesome.

    • Zonkerb November 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      LOL another moron oops I mean Mormon.. Well same thing

  • Anon November 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    The title made me laugh.

  • Koolaid November 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Is there any truth that coffee and other caffeinated drinks will be banned from the campus grounds?

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