University of Central Oklahoma To Go Tobacco-Free

May 6, 2009

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Director of Marketing and Communications, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA TO GO TOBACCO-FREE

University of Central Oklahoma President W. Roger Webb today announced the university will become tobacco-free beginning July 1, 2010.

The decision comes after a vote of the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association (UCOSA) supporting a tobacco-free campus.

"Our student leadership has clearly stated that they believe it would be best for the campus community, including students, faculty and staff, and any visitors here, for the university to provide a healthy, tobacco-free environment," Webb said.

Webb said the July 2010 date was chosen to allow time to inform the UCO community and for people to adjust to the idea and make the transition to a tobacco-free campus.

"I realize there are some people who will be upset over this decision, but I firmly believe that in order to protect the health of our community and promote a healthy campus, it is the right thing to do."

Webb said focusing on health and wellness is an important part of the university's mission, and that a tobacco-free campus will help accomplish that goal.

The University of Central Oklahoma joins Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Christian University as tobacco-free campuses in Oklahoma.

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