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UMES becomes smoke-free

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Smoking policy

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (July 1, 2013) -- Effective today, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited by visitors, employees and students in all university facilities, grounds and property, including walkways, parking lots and vehicles.

    The policy is being implemented to comply with executive order (01.01.1987.13) by Governor Martin O'Malley and with the University System of Maryland policy on smoking at USM institutions, according to Dr. Ronnie Holden, UMES' vice president for administrative affairs.

    "The university's goal is to promote the good health and comfort of visitors, students and employees," Holden said.  "UMES has attempted to consider the needs and concerns of both smokers and non-smokers in the development of our smoking policy." 

    Holden said on-site smoking cessations classes, lists of resources and online health and wellness information will be available to the campus community. 

    The university's Office of Human Resources has set up a special web page, which provides details about how the policy is being implemented and steps being taken to enforce the new policy. Learn more by CLICKING HERE. 

    For information on smoking cessation, call the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 800-784-8669 or visit   

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580