CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Thomas More College will go tobacco-free beginning June 1, joining Northern Kentucky University, Miami and others that have banned tobacco from their campuses within the last year.
All forms of smoking and chewing tobacco will be prohibited, as will e-cigarettes, according to Kim Harp, the school spokeswoman. No tobacco will be allowed at sporting events or during classes.
To help users quit the habit, smoking/chewing cessation programs are being developed that will be open to students, staff and faculty. A task force is finalizing details of the policy.
“Thomas More College is excited to join the growing number of colleges and universities that have taken this important step in providing a healthy environment for the students, faculty, staff and friends of the institution,” President David Armstrong said. “We recognize the significance of this decision for some people and are going to take a compassionate approach focused on health and wellbeing.”
NKU instituted its campus-wide tobacco ban in January. Miami extended its already extensive ban to include no smoking in personal vehicles beginning Jan. 1. Thomas More’s and NKU's policies apply to cars as well.