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IPFW to go tobacco-free

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will become tobacco- and smoke-free effective April 1, the school announced.

The ban includes cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, and extends to other sites controlled, operated or leased by IPFW.

“Implementing a tobacco-free policy will bring added benefits to the well-being of our entire community.”

“Implementing a tobacco-free policy will bring added benefits to the well-being of our entire community,” Chancellor Vicky Carwein said in the announcement. “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 in Bloomington as well as regional campuses operated by IU and Purdue University have implemented tobacco- and smoke-free policies. According to IPFW, more than 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities have instituted similar policies.

“Our students, faculty and staff deserve a healthy place in which to learn, work and live, and this policy will help accomplish that.” 

The U.S. surgeon general’s office recently amended the list of smoking-caused diseases to include Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, macular degeneration, liver and colorectal cancer and cleft-palate birth defects.

IPFW’s tobacco- and smoke-free policy is available at IPFW.edu/chancellor.