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Texas Tech Amends Smoke and Tobacco-Free Environment Policy

The changes were made to meet requirements from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Written by Sally Logue Post

All organizations receivng funding from CPRIT must certify a tobacco-free policy by August 31, 2012.

All organizations receivng funding from CPRIT must certify a tobacco-free policy by August 31, 2012.

Texas Tech has amended its smoke and tobacco-free environment policy (OP 60.15) to meet new requirements from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

All organizations receiving CPRIT funding must certify a tobacco-free policy by August 31 to receive CPRIT funding.

The organization adopted a new rule in January prohibiting the use of any tobacco products by all employees and visitors in all buildings and structures where projects funded by CPRIT are taking place. The CPRIT rule includes the sidewalks, parking lots, walkways and attached parking structures immediately adjacent to those buildings.

Signs will be posted in appropriate places around the buildings. Texas Tech currently has about $893,000 in CPRIT funding in four facilities on campus:

  • College of Human Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences

Which buildings are affected will change based on new CPRIT funding or expiration of current funding. A list of CPRIT funded projects and the facilities in which they are being conducted can be found on the website of the Office of the Vice President for Research. The full text of the new rule is available on the CPRIT website.

Employees interested in tobacco use cessation services should contact the Office of Human Resources or their insurance provider.

CPRIT was established in 2007 by Texas voters to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in the state.

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