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February 2007 Issue

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Academic Health Center Enacts Tobacco-Free Policy

By Richard Puff
Published February 2007

In light of the recent passage of the Issue 5 smoking ban and for the well-being of employees, students and visitors, the UC Academic Health Center's (AHC) smoking policy has been revised.

Effective Thursday, March 1, the AHC will become a tobacco- and smoke-free institution.

The use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, on the AHC campus will be strictly prohibited.

This includes inside and outside all university-owned and leased AHC facilities, sidewalks, parking lots and green space. This also includes smoking while in vehicles on the AHC campus and in university-owned vehicles on and off the AHC campus at all times.

"As a major health institution, UC expends considerable time and effort in preventing and treating illness and injury, as well as promoting positive health habits," said Jane Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, in a recent letter to AHC employees and staff.

"Achieving a tobacco-free campus," she says, "reinforces those efforts and the university's health commitment to employees, students and the local community."

The Academic Health Center is not the only health facility implementing this new initiative. Nearly 20 other local hospitals, including University Hospital and other Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati hospitals, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Shriners Hospital for Children, have recently enacted tobacco-free policies.

The university is offering education, information and cessation support to those immediately affected by this new policy through the UC Wellness Center. Those interested in learning more about available nicotine programs should call (513) 584-4457 or visit

UC is also encouraging tobacco users interested in quitting to contact the state of Ohio's Tobacco Quit Line by calling (800) 943-4840 or visiting

AHC faculty and staff are asked to contact their department manager with any questions concerning this new policy. They can also read the entire policy and review other information by visiting

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