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History of Smoke and Tobacco-Free UAA

The smoke and tobacco-free movement at UAA is not an anti-smoker campaign. The movement focuses on creating a healthier and safer community for everyone. For those who want to quit, a smoke and tobacco-free UAA also provides support. More importantly, the new policy helps prevent future generations from smoking or using tobacco in the first place.

  • 2012-13

    The UAA student Asian Pacific Islander Community Wellness Club (APICWC), Master of Public Health (MPH) students and students from the School of Nursing begin advocacy efforts for a smoke-free UAA

  • August 2013

    The UAA Smoke-Free Task Force “Say Yes” campaign begins

    New research shows UAA student support for a smoke and tobacco-free UAA

  • Nov. 21, 2013

    UAA Chancellor Tom Case designates “Smoke-Free UAA Day” in honor of the Great American Smokeout

  • January 2014

    USUAA votes to put the smoke-free UAA referendum on the ballot for a student vote

  • April 2014

    UAA students vote for a smoke-free UAA

  • June 2014

    UAA Smoke-Free Task Force members testify at a University of Alaska Board of Regents meeting for smoke and tobacco-free campuses

  • August 2014

    New research shows UAA faculty and staff support for a smoke and tobacco-free UAA

  • December 2014

    University of Alaska Board of Regents passes a smoke and tobacco-free policy for all UA campuses and properties statewide effective December 2015

  • January 2015

    Planning for implementation of the new smoke and tobacco-free policy begins

  • Nov. 19, 2015

    UAA implements the new smoke and tobacco-free policy on the date of the Great American Smokeout

With the new policy, UAA joins more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. that are smoke or tobacco free. UAA also joins Providence Alaska Medical Center, the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as tobacco-free campuses. Most of the U-Med district has been tobacco free since 2006.