Free “Freedom from Smoking” Programs Offered to Support Tobacco-Free Campus

By Patricia McCafferty

In May 2014, following a year-long, student-driven campaign to clear the air on campus, Chancellor Meehan announced that UMass Lowell would become a smoke- and tobacco-free campus beginning this fall.

As of August 25, 2014, all campus property will be designated smoke- and tobacco-free. To assist in the implementation of the new policy, signage will be posted throughout campus over the summer reading “Share Fresh Air. Welcome to our smoke- and tobacco-free campus.”

Also to support the campus during the transition, we have partnered with Lowell General Hospital to provide free, eight-week smoking cessation programs for students, faculty and staff. The “Freedom from Smoking” program provides support and guidance for those seeking a tobacco-free lifestyle. The first program runs from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30, 2014. It will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. on South Campus in Health and Social Sciences Building Room 342.

Students, faculty and staff seeking assistance in quitting smoking or tobacco use are encouraged to register for the free program. For additional information, please contact Maria Figueroa at