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President's Letter

SUNY Cortland Tobacco-Free Policy

August 17, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

SUNY Cortland is pleased to join the more than 250 college campuses nationwide that have become tobacco-free environments. In doing so, the College is supporting a culture of wellness and genuine respect for the well-being of all members of the campus community and the environment. The College supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form is a significant health hazard, and therefore is committed to providing a safe and accessible working and learning environment for everyone. We aim to promote a healthier campus culture by supporting and promoting a tobacco-free environment. That is why on July 25, 2011 my Cabinet and I endorsed a new Tobacco-Free Policy for the SUNY Cortland campus.

We realize that this change may be a difficult transition for some members of our campus. With that in mind, we have set an effective date for the new policy of January 1, 2013. This gives the community enough time to prepare for implementation. In the coming months you will see the widespread promotion of campus resources to aid cessation, along with many educational programs about tobacco use and quitting. 

A component of our educational goal will be attention to a good neighbor policy. Out of respect for others and their environment, members of the College community are asked to refrain from using tobacco on any neighboring properties in the areas surrounding the SUNY Cortland campus.

Special thanks are extended to everyone for participation and support of our endeavor to be a leader in campus wellness.

Please note the highlights of the College’s tobacco-free policy on this website.

Sincerely,

Erik Bitterbaum
Erik J. Bitterbaum
President