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UTEP no longer allows use of tobacco products on campus, venues
EL PASO, Texas - If you smoke and attend or work at the University of Texas at El Paso, you wont be able to light up on campus anymore.
The university announced Friday that it has adopted a tobacco-free policy.
Its news release stated the reason is to create a healthy environment for those who work, study and visit its campus.
UTEP is proud to join other universities across Texas and the nation who made their campuses tobacco-free, said Robert Moss, assistant vice president for environmental health and safety at UTEP. We anticipate that all will embrace this policy implementation as a positive move for our UTEP community and campus.
The use of any tobacco products in university buildings and on all property and grounds owned or controlled by the University, including parking areas, sidewalks, walkways, parking structures, event venues and all other University-owned or leased properties is not allowed.
Designated smoking areas will not be available for guests at events in the Don Haskins Center, Sun Bowl Stadium, UTEP Dinner Theatre and other campus venues.
The new policy will be self-enforced.
UTEP intends to implement this policy through education, awareness, and a spirit of cooperation and respect for each other and our University, Moss said. Much can be accomplished through respect, with polite reminders to members of the University community and guests that we are a tobacco-free campus.
Cessation programs will be available to support students, faculty and staff who wish to stop smoking. Cessation resources can be found at tobaccofree.utep.edu or setyourdate.org.
How the policy will be enforced: http://admin.utep.edu/