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How to Approach a Smoker

Enforcement of the tobacco-free policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation. It is likely that some students, faculty, staff and others may still be unaware or uniformed about the specifics of the new policy. As a member of the campus community you play a vital role in supporting the policy, educating students, faculty, staff and visitors, and exemplifying social responsibility.

If You See Someone Using Tobacco Products

Be respectful. Listen and have empathy for their situation. Be direct and explain the reason behind the policy: "This is an important policy to the university and it is an expectation that everyone adheres to this policy. The Tobacco-free Campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community. Even though this is a new policy, it is important for you to understand that violations to university policy are not acceptable. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated."

Systemwide "AIR" Training: How to Talk with Smokers on Campus

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