In an email to UMKC faculty, staff and students, Chancellor Leo Morton recently announced that on Aug. 1, UMKC will go smoke- and tobacco-free. The email has been reprinted here:
I want to tell you about an important and significant change to our campuses. On Aug. 1, 2014, the University of Missouri-Kansas City will go smoke- and tobacco-free.
In typical Roo fashion, the students got the ball rolling – showing their initiative and willingness to follow through after taking a poll of attitudes and feelings toward smoking on campus. The responses from students, faculty and staff reflected a majority in favor of UMKC becoming a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus.
Now we are prepared to do just that. When the new policy goes into effect on August 1, we will join more than 500 other U.S. colleges and universities with smoke-free and tobacco-free policies.
One of our goals is to help all of us adjust to the changes our campus will experience.
First, I understand that this change may be difficult for those of you who smoke and may have attempted unsuccessfully to quit. For employees and students who would like to stop, the university will work in conjunction with Healthy for Life, Smoking Cessation coaches, the Student Health and Wellness Center and other resources that offer cessation programs. In some cases, cessation tools and nicotine replacement therapy will be free to students and employees.
I hope this new policy is just the encouragement some of you need to quit, and start living a smoke and tobacco-free life. Everyone will be glad you quit – your family, friends and loved ones, not to mention your employers and insurers. And most of all, YOU.
We have tried to consider your needs as we implement this change. I suggest you explore the Smoke-Free UMKC Website and find some help that is right for you.
Whether you’re a student, an employee or a visitor, we can help you abide by our smoking policy. We’ll tell you how the policy might affect you, show you where the policy applies and point you to resources to help you kick the habit or manage your cravings.
What matters to me is your success in quitting. Together we can move in a new direction, take better care of ourselves and look at 2014 as the year we got serious about our health. We’re making our beautiful campuses cleaner, healthier places for all Roos.
Leo E. Morton