SUCCESS STORIES

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San Antonio T21 Covers Campus Too

Campus Story | Published: June 24, 2019

The City of San Antonio’s Tobacco 21 City Ordinance went into effect October 1, 2018. In an effort to educate UTSA students about the ordinance and the fact that campus is covered as part of this important place-based public health policy, UTSA Student Health Services collaborated with San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) in social media efforts leading up to the ordinance effective date. Promotional posts targeting Road Runner students ran from September through November of 2018.


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Strength in Numbers

Campus Story | Published: June 14, 2019

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) supports a healthy campus environment for all – and that means all have a place in contributing to the effort. In observance of the 2018 Great American Smokeout, an impressive number of campus partners came together to conduct informational campus activities, promote awareness of tobacco cessation options, and share employee wellness resources. Event partners included The Office of Human Resources, UTRGV Wellness Champions, and external organizations including Tobacco Presentation & Control Coalition, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Peers Against Tobacco (PAT). These partnerships strengthen UTRGV’s efforts in promoting a culture of wellness for everyone.


FDA restrictions on e-cigarettes and Surgeon General’s visit to MD Anderson Cancer Center

Campus Story | December 19, 2018

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauded new actions announced on December 18th by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to age-restricted locations and require age verification for online sales to lower the use of these products in children. Following the announcement, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, joined staff, faculty and invited guests at MD Anderson on December 19th, 2018 to share further remarks on why cancer prevention and education will be key components in creating a culture of health as we move forward. For more information, see the U.S. Surgeon General's report on e-cigarettes.


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Getting Rowdy, Getting Healthy

Campus Story | October 31, 2018

Rowdy New U, the faculty and staff wellness program, participated in the annual Rowdy Wellness Health Fair on October 31st. This fair offers health and wellness strategies for students and staff to help improve their life and performance at school and work. Kristee Phelps and Jessica Hodgson provided information on the impact of smoking, educated employees and students about the tobacco-free campus policy and cessation opportunities provided on campus and through our health insurance.


U.S. Surgeon General Visits UT Austin

Campus Story | October 24, 2018

The 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, joined staff, faculty and invited guests, in the Stark Library of the UT tower on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. In his remarks, (VADM) Dr. Adams asked stakeholders in public health to join him in creating a culture of health through non-traditional community partnerships. He has pledged to lead us with science, and UT Austin is humbled to take part in that growth.


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Tobacco-Free Signage

Campus Story | Summer-Fall 2018

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is working with the UT Center for Health Communication to develop new Tobacco-Free signage across the campus. In 2004, UT Health Science Center at Tyler was the first hospital in the region to become a tobacco-free campus. Since then the policy has been adapted to include prohibiting the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, but the signs had not been updated. After the third annual Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit, the tobacco task force voted to revamp the campus signage. The signs are expected to be posted in time for the opening of the new School of Community and Rural Health building currently under construction.


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Cigarette Clean Up at UTEP

Campus Story | Spring 2018

In 2013, The University of Texas at El Paso became a tobacco-free campus. To demonstrate the impact cigarettes have on our environment, students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in a cigarette butt clean-up in the spring of 2018. Information on how tobacco affects our environment in a negative way was posted around campus. This event helps promotes the value of respect toward our environment and the focus on health and wellness among our community.


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