Did you know?
- 1 in 4 adults living in Erie County currently use tobacco.
- 1 in 20 GU employees disclose that they regularly use
- Nationally, over 30% of first year college students report
using e-cigs over the past 30 days.
- Smoking kills more people than illegal drugs, car crashes,
AIDS, suicides, and murders combined. Approximately 1300
deaths are attributed to tobacco use or exposure to second hand
smoke each day.
- An estimated 1 million college students will to die prematurely
from tobacco usage
- Nearly 70% of current smokers recognize it's bad for their
health and say they want to quit.
Gannon University is committed to nurturing a culture of health
and wellness on campus. The hazards of tobacco are well
documented among tobacco users and those exposed to second hand
smoke. Promotion of a tobacco-free lifestyle is an
important step in promoting and optimizing the health status of our
greatest resource - our students, faculty, staff, and
neighbors. For this reason, the University is committed to
transitioning to a tobacco-free campus.
Definition of Tobacco
Tobacco is defined as any combustible or non-combustible
product containing tobacco or tobacco-like substances including but
not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes (including all vaping or
other electronically heated products),cigars, cigarillos,
marijuana, pipes, hookah, as well as oral and nasal tobacco (spit,
and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff…). Please note this is
not an exhaustive list.
Use of tobacco is prohibited on all University owned, operated,
or leased property. This includes all University
vehicles, buildings, outdoor walkways, green spaces, and sidewalks
unless area is otherwise designated as a "tobacco area". Use
of tobacco is also prohibited in personal vehicles parked in
University owned, operated, or leased parking lots.
- This policy applies to all Gannon students, faculty, staff,
contractors, and visitors at all times (24 hours a day -7 days a
- The University will not advertise or accept sponsorship from
- The distribution or sale of tobacco products is prohibited on
Tobacco Cessation Assistance
Tobacco cessation programs, referrals, and resources are free
and readily available to all members of the Gannon community who
have the desire to stop using tobacco. Contact the Gannon
University Health and Counseling Center (814-871-7622), the
Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program (814-451-6700), or
the PA Free Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for more information.
The intention behind this policy is to promote a healthy
environment for all who study, work, live, and visit our
campus. The success of this policy is dependent on the
consideration and cooperation of tobacco and non-tobacco
users. All students, faculty, staff, contractors, and
visitors have a shared responsibility to know the policy, honor the
policy, and enforce the policy.
Please contact Mary Jean Taylor at email@example.com for
any questions regarding this policy.