Effective June 1, 2019, Lenoir-Rhyne University will become tobacco- and smoke‐free across all campuses. The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco, all nicotine delivery devices (excluding Nicotine Replacement Therapy) and all other tobacco products will be prohibited across all University-owned or leased properties, facilities, athletic fields and stadiums, parking lots, and vehicles.
As part of LR's strategic priority to enhance health and wellness, the University is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees, and visitors. LR joins nearly 2,000 tobacco-free campuses in the United States and more than 80 other colleges and universities in North and South Carolina to implement such a policy.
"The tobacco-free policy is a community health initiative," said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. "We are all responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy to promote an environment that is a healthier place to work and to learn."
The new tobacco-free policy will allow nonsmokers to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke. Simultaneously, campuses will offer support for individuals who are current tobacco users and those who may be working toward quitting. More information about University-supported resources and cessation programs will be forthcoming.