Talking Tips for Employees
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.
Please talk with your supervisor or contact:
1. Risk Management and Safety at (344) 844-4870;
2. Health Promotion and Wellness Services at (344) 844-1528 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For CESSATION, please contact:
1. The Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy at (334) 844-4099 or via email (email@example.com);
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:
Two great resources are listed below:
The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers pharmaceutical care to individuals in our community who wish to quit smoking. The "Pack It Up" Cessation 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.
Appointments with Auburn pharmacists can be made by phone or email:
(334) 844-4099 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the state of Alabama offers an educational and counseling service over the phone and the Internet. Alabama QUITNOW offers FREE counseling from qualified professionals, a personalized quit plan made just for you, and FREE nicotine patches for four weeks if enrolled in the counseling program. Counseling and planning are available toll free by phone or by Internet chat, and registering is easy.
You can access the QUITNOW services:
(1-800-QUITNOW) or (1-800-784-8669)
Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm
For updates about Auburn University's effort to create a healthier and cleaner smoke-free campus please follow @SmokeFreeAU on Twitter.