Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative Launched
Welcome back! I hope that all of you had an enjoyable summer. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Class of 2014 and new faculty and staff to the Rensselaer family. We are delighted to have them here, knowing that their talents and ideas will add much to the vitality of Rensselaer.
In launching this initiative, we hope to encourage the Rensselaer community to embrace a campuswide spirit of health and wellness.
We believe that expanding this initiative from a smoke-free to a tobacco-free campus allows the Institute to provide public health policy leadership, while supporting a culture that reflects a genuine respect for all members of the campus community, visitors, the environment, and institutional sustainability and wellness initiatives. In launching this initiative, we hope to encourage the Rensselaer community to embrace a campuswide spirit of health and wellness.
Each of you plays a significant role in making the launch of this initiative possible. It will be important for all members of the Rensselaer community to support one another during this change. During the summer, in partnership with Seton Health Center and Hartford Hospital, free smoking cessation classes were offered to faculty, staff, students, and family members.
I look forward to another successful year with the help and diligence of each of you.
Curtis Powell, SPHR
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