KU living tobacco-free to uphold a respectful environment

Endorsements for a Tobacco Free Campus

Letter of Support (pdf) from the LiveWell Lawrence Tobacco-Free Living work group

“As Peer Health Educators, we strongly endorse a tobacco-free KU! On campus, our efforts are directed towards making a healthy, respectful environment for our fellow Jayhawks, where they can strive and succeed in all areas of wellness. Working in strong collaboration with various student organizations, the Peer Health Educators are dedicated to making KU a healthy place to be!” Shannon Livengood & Lauren Silver, Peer Health Educators

“On behalf of the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) student organization, we fully support the initiative to become a tobacco-free campus.  We believe in a respectful, healthy, clean, tobacco-free environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.” - Benjamin Neitzel, SHAB Chair

"On behalf of Jayhawk Health Initiative, I would like to extend our support for the initiative to become a tobacco-free campus.  As an organization dedicated to local and global health, we believe that it is important to eliminate this carcinogen from our campus environment to create a clean, respectful, and healthy environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our campus and to spread awareness about the health consequences of tobacco use." - Madison Outlaw, Executive Director of the Jayhawk Health Initiative

"On behalf of the Faculty Senate, I am forwarding a resolution that was passed unanimously by the body on March 24, 2016.  With this resolution we are showing our support of the initiative to make the University of Kansas a tobacco free campus. The University of Kansas Faculty Senate endorses the efforts and the principle of the movement to make the Lawrence campus tobacco-free." - Tom Beisecker President, Faculty Senate

Faculty Associated with the KU Cancer Center, April 2016 Endorsements:

Letter of Support (PDF) from Kenneth Audus, Ph.D., on behalf of the School of Pharmacy

Letter of Support (PDF) from Roy Jensen, M.D., Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center

Letter of Support (PDF) from Roy Jensen, M.D., Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center

"I am in full support of the Tobacco-Free KU Initiative." - Ric G. Steele, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor and Director of Clinical Child Psychology Program

"I am very supportive of a Tobacco-Free KU." - John Karanicolas, Center for Computational Biology and Department of Molecular Biosciences

"Yes, I support your motion and work on the initiative." - Liang Xu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Department of Radiation Oncology, Director, Experimental and Preclinical Imaging Core, and Director, Biological Irradiation Core 

"You have my full support for this important Initiative." - Russ Middaugh, Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

"I strongly support a smoke free and tobacco-product free campus. I am in the school of Pharmacy, and the allowance of smoking outside our building is a counterproductive message to future healthcare workers and the Kansas communities that our students will eventually work in." - Laird Forrest, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

"I formally support." - Michael Detamore, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

"Thank you for your attention to this very important issue. I am writing to express my support of the Tobacco-Free KU. The evidence associated with this type of initiative is clear and compelling. I am hopeful that the whole KU Community will rally around something that will reduce exposures and thus improve the likelihood of health for all members of our community." - Vicki Collie-Akers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Work Group for Community Health and Development 

"I am not on the Lawrence campus, but I do run the Cancer Control and Population Health Program for the KU Cancer Center and chair the department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  Our cancer control researchers have provided assistance to thousands of smokers who are trying to quit.  Unfortunately, as a general internist, I’ve also seen the consequences of smoking among my patients that haven’t been able to quit.  Quitting is hard – and it is a lot harder to quit when other people are smoking around you.  The Tobacco-Free KU Initiative is a critical step in creating a healthy environment for our students and employees – an environment where we do our utmost to help smokers quit (or stay quit)." - Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health

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