TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS NOW INCLUDES E-CIGARETTES FOR 2014
beginning January 1, 2014, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will no longer allow the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping devices on any and all properties owned, leased or contracted for use by the University, including, but not limited to all buildings, land and vehicles owned, leased or contracted for use by the University. This change is in accordance with an executive order signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on December 23, 2013, in which she stated that the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices will be banned on state-owned and state-leased properties, buildings and vehicles starting January 1, 2014. Governor Fallin cited reasons for this decision, saying she is trying to protect state employees and visitors. She said, “E-cigarettes release vapor that contains chemicals that can impact employees and visitors to state property. Additionally, many electronic cigarettes look like traditional cigarettes and emit a vapor that looks like smoke. This creates confusion for employees and visitors, and presents enforcement challenges for state agencies.” She encouraged state employees who are smoking or using e-cigarettes to make quitting their New Year’s resolution. She reminded everyone that the State has resources to help smokers quit.
If you need help or support to quit smoking, please visit our cessation programs link. For specific questions related to the E-cigarette and vaping device ban, you may wish to visit our frequently asked questions page specific to the new policy change.
In February 2012, Governor Mary Fallin announced that all state owned, leased or operated properties would become tobacco-free effective on or before August 7, 2012. Governor Fallin’s announcement sighted the protection of visitors and workers health while on state properties as the reason for the ban.
Our comprehensive tobacco-control program consists of prevention, cessation and policy.
The tobacco-free policy is the result of a collaborative approach through the SE Tobacco Free Task Force. Support was generated by the Student Government Association, the Southeastern Staff Association and the Faculty Senate along with other campus partners.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University is committed to providing its students, employees, and visitors a safe and healthy environment. This is one way SOSU strives to promote their vision of an optimized learning environment.
Thank you for helping making SOSU tobacco-free!