As of Spring 2017, the West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) campus and property is a tobacco-free environment. This policy is intended to help reduce the health risks associated with tobacco use, smoking, and second-hand smoke.
The policy impacts students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, and guests. In order to inform the WVWC community and visitors, signs are posted throughout campus and the policy can be found in full here: [insert link to policy]
The policy applies to all buildings including residence halls, the grounds including exterior open spaces, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, streets, driveways, stadiums, recreational spaces, practice facilities, and in all WVWC owned or leased vehicles. “Tobacco use” means but is not limited to the personal use of any tobacco product whether intended to be lit or not, which shall include smoking tobacco, nicotine, or other substances that are lit and smoked, as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, or any other device intended to simulate smoking or vaporizing, and the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff; chewing tobacco; smokeless pouches; any form of loose leaf, smokeless tobacco; and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
Initiated in Spring 2016 by a student, Kayla Hinkley ’16, the movement gained support from Student Senate, faculty, staff, and administrators following an in-depth survey which overwhelmingly showed that a strong majority representing each group supported a tobacco-free campus. Fall 2016 served as a transition period where individuals were permitted to utilize designated tobacco-use zones across campus and encouraged to utilize services and educational information in preparation for a tobacco-free campus.
Campus security and residence life staff will be monitoring tobacco use and addressing situations when they arise. Maintaining a tobacco-free campus is a community effort where peers are enabled to discourage the use of tobacco products and supervisors of faculty and staff are requested to advise their department(s) to serve as role models and supporters of the movement.
The policy change took place on January 23, 2017 followed by a week of celebratory events.
Thank you for your dedication to making West Virginia Wesleyan College a cleaner and healthier campus for each of you, our visitors, and for our future.
The West Virginia Wesleyan College Health & Counseling Center offers educational materials and support to tobacco users wanting more information. The Health and Counseling Center is located next to the Rockefeller Center and adjacent to the Christopher Hall of Science. The Health Center office hours are 8:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:00 – 4:30 PM Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 – 11:30 AM and 12:30 – 4:30 PM on Friday. Counseling hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
In addition, individuals wishing to choose a healthier future for themselves and those around them should contact the WV Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-966-8784 for help. Participants of the Quit Line are eligible to receive the following services:
- Information and materials on quitting tobacco
- Patches, gum or lozenges
- Individual phone coaching
Quit Line staff are available for questions Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday thru Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information about services offered by the Quit Line, tobacco facts, and education links visit www.bebetter.net/wvquitline_services.html