As part of Gov. Mary Fallin’s initiative to improve the health of Oklahomans, on Feb. 6, 2012, she issued an Executive Order prohibiting the use of all tobacco products in buildings, land and vehicles owned, leased or contracted for use by Oklahoma state agencies or instrumentalities of the State of Okla., including Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO). The ban of tobacco use on NEO property will go into effect August 6, 2012.
To comply with this executive order, officials at NEO formed a committee that developed an institutional policy and a plan for implementing the ban of tobacco use.
The campus police have established the physical boundaries for the tobacco ban and will be responsible for enforcing the executive order on NEO property. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be alerted to the ban by signage posted throughout campus. To help tobacco user’s transition to the ban of tobacco use, information about cessation resources for state employees will be made available.
Visit www.ok.gov for more information about Gov. Fallin’s executive order.
“Prior to the issuance of Gov. Fallin’s executive order, NEO A&M College was moving toward a tobacco free campus. The Student Body Government officers proposed that NEO become tobacco free by the fall 2013,” said Amy Ishmael, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “A process was designed to survey the students, staff, and faculty concerning tobacco usage on campus and develop a plan. As the survey results were being conducted the Governor signed the executive order banning the use of tobacco on state property. This action pushed the process forward, and NEO will become tobacco free as of August 6, 2012.”