smoking free on campus
Unsolicited Letter of Recommendation
Southern Illinois University – Rehn 121
September 21, 2015
Southern Illinois University – SSB 325
I am writing to express my support for the need to put in place a smoke-free campus initiative. The need to establish such a program is informed by the findings of the Smoke-Free Campus Act, which revealed that tobacco smoke is an injurious and dangerous carcinogen and poses a grievous risk to public health.
I suggested the idea of a smoke-free campus to the Division of Student Affairs after a number of students sought assistance in finding a lasting solution to the menace of smokers congregating at the entrances to the various halls of residence. Most students protested against walking through tobacco smoke at the halls entrances and were concerned about the smoke getting into rooms located close to the entrances.
Upon careful reflection over the last six months, I took recommendations to the various head of departments and the Halls Manager, and they agreed to a smoke-free campus program. It was also agreed that such an initiative should be implemented over a period of two years. The primary impetus for implementing such a policy is to ensure that the institution takes positive steps in creating a healthy environment for all students.
At this point, we are ready to start taking recommendations from the university community and other concern…
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