Smoke-Free Auburn University

Effective August 21, 2013, Auburn University will join 1,181 other colleges and universities by becoming a smoke-free campus.  Auburn University is committed to providing a healthier and cleaner campus community for our students, employees, and visitors.  A smoke-free campus will further promote the health, safety, and well-being of the Auburn Family by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on the campus of Auburn University.

The new Smoke-free Policy is part of our ongoing effort to create an environment that is healthy for all members of the Auburn Family.   Campus buildings have been smoke-free for many years, and the extension of the smoke-free policy to all university property is effective on August 21, 2013.

As we adjust to the new policy and become more aware of campus boundaries, it is important to remain respectful when reminding a visitor, student or employee of Auburn University’s smoke-free policy.

Questions?

Please talk with your supervisor or contact:

1.  Risk Management and Safety at (344) 844-4870;
OR
2.  Health Promotion and Wellness Services at (344) 844-1528 or via email (hpws@auburn.edu)

For CESSATION, please contact:

1.  The Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy at (334) 844-4099 or via email (aupcc4u@auburn.edu);
OR
2.  The Auburn Medical Clinic at (334) 844-4416

How can you help?

1. If you find a faculty or staff member smoking on campus grounds:

  • Remember to be respectful, asking whether they are aware of our smoke-free policy.
  • This policy means there is no smoking except in personal vehicles or the perimeter of campus off campus. This policy is important to the health and well-being of all our employees, visitors, and students.

2. If you encounter a visitor who is smoking:

  • Visitors are the most likely to be unaware of the new policy so you may want to ask whether they know that smoking was prohibited on campus grounds and property. You may want to offer to show them the closest area where smoking is allowed (campus perimeter sidewalks), and thank them for not smoking on campus.

3. If the person asks where they can smoke:

  • Please explain that smoking is not allowed on walkways to buildings or concourses, but is permitted off campus around the perimeter of campus.
  • Our policy also permits smoking while inside personal vehicles when windows are rolled up and cigarette butts are disposed of properly.

Please remember this is meant to be a health-related policy and should be non-confrontational.

For additional assistance please contact your department’s Human Resources liaison or contact the Human Resources Department directly at: http://www.auburn.edu/administration/human_resources/emprelations/index.html

Talking Tips For Supervisors

1.  When facing a disciplinary situation, give the employee time to tell his or her side of the story.
“I know the perspective of the person who brought this to my attention, but I would like to give you an opportunity to share yours.  What happened from your perspective?”

2.  Be respectful.  Listen and have empathy for the employee’s situation.
“I know that this is a new policy and as a smoker, it must be difficult for you.  I am here to help you with this transition.”

3.  Be direct.  Make a clear statement that this is an important policy to the University and it is an expectation that everyone adheres to this policy.
“Even though this is a new policy, we have always had policies about not smoking in certain areas.  I need you to understand that violations to university policy are serious and I need your cooperation.”

4.  Refocus the employee back to the issue (violating smoke-free environment) and ask them to come up with actions steps that will resolve the problem.
“Now that we have discussed the importance of complying with the smoke-free policy, how will you manage to follow these guidelines in the future?  Let’s talk specifically about what you will do the next time you feel the need to smoke during working hours.  How will you manage the situation?”

5.  Double-check that you understand (summarize what employee said).
“So, what you have just said to me is [rephrase what you heard]. Another suggestion might be to [suggest possible alternatives].”

6.  Offer assistance/support.  Make sure they are aware of the “Pack It Up” cessation program offered by The Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn Medical Clinic, and Health Promotion and Wellness Services.  These three organizations provide help to individuals in our family who wish to quit smoking.  The program involves personal, face-to-face evaluations, and planning sessions with pharmacists. Pharmacotherapy is also an available option for those who need it to facilitate their cessation process.  “Pack It Up” not only helps those wishing to quit tobacco but will also assist employees not ready to quit, but interested in adhering to the policy.
“I would like to refer you to our “Pack It Up” program provided by the Harrison School of Pharmacy. They can assist you even if you are not ready to quit smoking.  The Harrison School of Pharmacy can be contacted at (334) 844-4099 or via email (aupcc4u@auburn.edu). Also, if you are having a personal issue that may make it difficult for you to manage your smoking while at work, you may consider contacting the Auburn Medical Clinic at (344) 844-4416.

7.  Set up a future meeting to discuss progress.
“Let’s meet again in two weeks to discuss how you are doing.  It is important to me that you succeed in this plan, so please let me know anytime between now and when we meet if you are having difficulties

For additional assistance please contact your department’s Human Resources liaison or contact the Human Resources Department directly at: http://www.auburn.edu/administration/human_resources/emprelations/index.html

To report a smoking issue on campus, please contact: smokefree@auburn.edu.