URI Students, Staff Support Tobacco Free Campus

Feb 22, 2018

A majority of University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff support making the Kingston campus free of tobacco and electronic nicotine products.

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That’s the word from a survey of almost 2,300 members of the URI community done by the university’s Tobacco-Free Committee. The committee said in a statement that 63 percent of campus respondents said they favor making the university tobacco free. Fourteen percent said they are neutral on the issue.

Sixty percent of those taking the survey said they were exposed to secondhand smoke one of more times per week. Thirty three percent said they has used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.

“We are pleased that so many students took the survey seriously, and that want to make URI a healthier and more beautiful place,” said Ellen Reynolds, director of health services.

Students who want help in quitting are urged to contact URI Health Services for smoking cessation counseling and products.