HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 5, 2009 – High Point University is making strides to go completely tobacco-free, thanks to requests by students, faculty and staff.
The transition period will begin on June 1, 2009, and enforcement of the policy will begin on Sept. 1, 2009.
The university will help students, faculty and staff along the way by offering smoking cessation classes during the spring and fall 2009 semesters.
Surveys sent out to students, faculty and staff in March 2008 revealed that more than 70 percent of more than 1,000 individuals were in favor of a tobacco-free campus. The plan has received unanimous support from the HPU Board of Trustees.
“We want a campus environment that encourages healthy living, and with the majority of our students living on our campus, we want a living situation that is conducive to healthy choices and clean air,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life at HPU. “By making this choice, we are encouraging individuals to live in a community where they may breathe easier, and (going tobacco-free) helps to reduce their risk of cancer and lung disease, in addition to heart disease, stroke or emphysema, and other smoking-related diseases.”
HPU is the 21st higher-education institution in North Carolina to adopt a tobacco-free policy; it joins a list that includes Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Wingate University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem State University.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at . Gail Tuttle
Vice President for Student Life