Update on the Smoke-free Campus Initative

May 13, 2013

To members of the Northeastern community:

Last fall, President Aoun and the university's Senior Leadership Team asked me to chair a committee to explore the pros and cons of a smoke-free campus. The committee, co-chaired by Bouvé College of Health Sciences professor John Auerbach, was comprised of students, faculty, and staff. Since then, this group has conducted careful and thorough research, and engaged the campus community in conversation through a range of meetings, campus announcements, and via social media channels.

Late last month, the committee submitted a report and recommendation for the university to adopt a smoke-free policy, to take effect at the start of the fall 2013 semester. I am pleased to tell you that we have received approval to move forward. We will announce this policy change tomorrow; I wanted to share the news with you in advance. The group will spend the coming months fully developing an implementation plan that will include education efforts, and an awareness campaign around smoking cessation resources.

This new policy reflects Northeastern’s long-standing commitment to promoting a healthy and safe environment. We look forward to updating the campus community in the coming months and working with students, faculty, and staff as we join the more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the nation - and among the first in the Boston area - that have taken this important step to promote the health of university campuses. In the meantime, feedback may continue to be submitted via smokefreeinitiative@neu.edu.


Terry Fulmer

Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences