Tobacco Free USC

Tobacco-free campus forum Feb. 18

January 30, 2013

University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff are invited to an upcoming town-hall forum to learn more, share suggestions and ask questions about a potential expansion of the university’s tobacco-free policy. Student Government and Healthy Carolina will host the meeting, set for 5 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Russell House ballroom.

Since 2006, USC has prohibited the use of tobacco in and within 25 feet of university buildings, vehicles and other property. A campus-wide task force composed of students, faculty and staff has been studying that policy to determine whether the campus should be entirely tobacco-free and how such a change would be implemented.

At the town-hall meeting, Healthy Carolina Director Jessica Johnston and other members of the task force will share their progress and proposed recommendations. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, and Student Government has developed a series of questions to pose to the audience.

“For some students, a tobacco-free campus could feel like a major change,” Morgan Smith, chair of Student Government’s Tobacco Free USC Advisory Board, said. “Student Government wants to help the university and the student body by gathering student input on how the policy is developed and implemented.”

All members of the Carolina community are encouraged to ask questions or offer suggestions at any time by emailing tobaccofree@sc.edu.