In fall 2012, Xavier University’s Student Government Association and Wellness Peer Counselors championed the initiative for Xavier University to become a Tobacco-Free campus.
As a result, a campus-wide committee that included committee that included student interns, SGA representative and faculty/staff representatives from Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University Police, Environmental Health and Safety, Health Services, Counseling, and Students Services.
The next phase includes a campus-wide student network with representatives from SGA, Wellness Peer Counselors, MAX, Classes, PanHellenic Council, Residence Hall Councils, Commuter Student Network and Public Health students. This student network will continue to raise awareness of health and other issues related to Smoking and Use of Tobacco products.
Some of the advantages of the new policy include:
- Provides a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for students, employees, and visitors.
- Provides a safer, cleaner, greener, and more attractive campus.
- Provides the opportunity for tobacco users to quit or decrease the use of tobacco products, thus promoting better health.
- Promotes direct and indirect savings through better health.
- Allows for the re-assignment of resources to needs other than for the clean-up necessary due to tobacco use.
To get involved in the Xavier Fresh Campus network or for more information,
The Fresh Campus Campaign is a college advocacy campaign sponsored by the Louisiana Tobacco-Free College Initiative. The objective of the Fresh Campus Campaign is to make Louisiana college campuses 100% tobacco-free. The Fresh Campus Campaign is led by students in now 16 colleges and universities in Louisiana, students who are standing up to make a difference where they learn, work, and live. http://myfreshcampus.com/