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New Tobacco-Free Policy for Facilities Housing CPRIT-Funded Projects
By Cliff Harris


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, 2012 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 are being 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 Building
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 an Office of the Vice President for Research website of the .

The full text of the new rule is available on the CPRIT website. CPRIT was established in 2007 by Texas voters to fund ground-breaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in the state.

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

Cliff Harris is interim director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety