Going Smoke-Free

Message From Chancellor Deaton

March 2011

As spring warms our days and nights, Anne and I marvel at the beauty of the Mizzou Botanic Garden bursting with brilliant colors. We are fortunate to live in the Residence on Francis Quadrangle set in the heart of campus.

One of the benefits of living in such a beautiful space is the healthy lifestyle that accompanies sunshine and clean air. In that regard, the second phase of the MU smoking policy will be implemented on July 1, permitting smoking only in designated outdoor areas.

Based on recommendations from groups representing students, faculty and staff, the University of Missouri will be a smoke-free campus by July 1, 2013. Currently more than 500 other U.S. colleges and universities have smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.

I understand that this change will be difficult for those who may have smoked for many years and previously attempted to quit. For employees and students who would like to stop, the university will work in conjunction with the T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program, the Wellness Resource Center, and the Student Health Center to offer cessation programs. In some cases, cessation tools and nicotine replacement therapy will be free to students and employees.

Together, we will continue to build a healthy learning community at Mizzou.

Sincerely,

Brady J. Deaton
Chancellor