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To: Yale Community
From: President Peter Salovey
Posted Date: Nov 05, 2015 02:26:24 pm
Summary:  Tobacco-Free Yale
Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015 04:04:32 pm Message ID: 129105

To the Yale Community,

I am pleased to announce that Yale is embarking on a journey to become a tobacco-free campus.

Our goal is to create a healthier university community, foster a campus culture in which tobacco users are supported in their efforts to quit, and become a model for other universities to emulate. We are planning awareness events, smoking cessation support programs, and community engagement and outreach to take place over the course of the next year as part of our campaign, “Tobacco-Free Yale . . . Let’s Clear the Air.”  

The adverse health implications of smoking, or using tobacco products of any kind, are well known. However, the ability to quit is often complex and difficult. We are committed to supporting members of our community who would like to quit, and Yale Health has developed several innovative smoking cessation programs. If you do smoke, this is a great time to take the opportunity to engage in these programs. To learn more, or to volunteer, visit http://tobaccofree.yale.edu/.

Also, please mark your calendars for our kick-off event on November 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Woolsey Hall Rotunda. Part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American SmokeOut, it will include prizes, refreshments, and information on cessation programs.

Creating a tobacco-free campus requires community engagement and persistence. I hope you will join us in this effort by considering no longer using tobacco products (if you do), supporting other members of our community who want to stop, volunteering to help with this initiative, or merely attending the outreach events. Your personal commitment will make a difference—thank you!

Sincerely,

Peter Salovey
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology