FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will be a smoke and tobacco-free campus by April 1.
Cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and all other tobacco products will not be allowed on campus or any other IPFW properties.
“Implementing a tobacco-free policy will bring added benefits to the well-being of our entire community,” said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke remain the leading causes of preventable disease and death worldwide. Our students, faculty, and staff deserve a healthy place in which to learn, work, and live, and this policy will help accomplish that.”
Indiana University Bloomington, as well as the regional campuses of Purdue and IU, are among the 1,100 colleges and universities across the country that have adopted smoke and tobacco-free policies.
See a copy of the tobacco and smoke-free policy online here: ipfw.edu/chancellor.
Anyone who would like information on how to quit smoking or stop using tobacco products can contact the IPFW Center for Healthy Living and Wellness at 260-481-5748 or visit the Health and Wellness website.
From the IPFW press release:
The most recent Surgeon General report added to the list of harmful effects of cigarettes in that nearly half a million people will die from smoking-related diseases this year. The report released last month adds even more diseases to the previous list of smoking-caused diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, macular degeneration that can cause blindness, two additional cancers—liver and colorectal—and cleft palate birth defects.