Memorial University’s St. John’s campus. — Telegram file photo
The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is touting Memorial University’s smoke-free campus policy as an example of taking strong leadership in dealing with the health hazard linked to tobacco use.
A news release notes that Dr. Noreen Fardy, chair of ACT’s board of directors, says tobacco use has long been recognized as an addiction, resulting in the deaths of half its users.
Fardy said it is the leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death worldwide.
Kevin Coady, ACT’s executive director, said the policy is the culmination of several years of discussions and consultations with university administration, students, faculty and staff.
Coady believes that MUN’s policy is in line with policies for K-12 school properties, College of the North Atlantic campuses, and heath-care properties and municipal outdoor sport and recreation policies.
He said there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and it is important to take steps to protect people, while at the same time sending a prevention message to youth and a message of encouragement to the many who are trying to quit smoking.