KU living tobacco-free to uphold a respectful environment

History of Tobacco Free KU Initiative

Timeframe Event
March 27, 2013 Student survey regarding stricter tobacco policy, smoke- or tobacco free campus; results supported change.
March 12, 2013 University Senate Executive Committee resolution: "SenEx encourages Student Senate in its initiative to develop a more restrictive smoking policy at the University of Kansas."
March 29, 2013 University Senate resolution: "University Senate encourages Student Senate in its initiative to develop a more restrictive smoking policy at the University of Kansas."
April 17, 2013 Human Resources surveys faculty/staff regarding more restrictive smoking policy; results supported change.
May 2013 Tobacco-Free Steering Committee established with support of the Office of the Provost to further explore alternatives. Steering Committee met monthly to develop initiative.
September 2013 Campus organization Breathe Easy at KU (B.E.A.K.) established to assist with initiative through student support. 
December 2013 Grant secured from the Kansas Health Foundation to obtain consulting help for initiative and to fund campus activities. Secured consulting assistance of Ty Patterson, Executive Director of the National Center for Tobacco Policy.
February 2014 Smoking policy revised by University administration to prohibit use of electronic cigarettes.
April 2, 2014 Tobacco-free KU website goes live.
April 8 – 9, 2014 Began campus meetings to discuss changes.
May 2014 B.E.A.K. members seeking student support.
September 2016 Tobacco free policy will be implemented Fall 2018.

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