Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Awareness
During your time at Tufts, you will be introduced to new values, standards, and guidelines that will help you successfully navigate your college experience. You will be challenged in new situations-some that may involve alcohol or drugs. We are here to help you make the safest, healthiest decisions possible.
Some resources on our site include:
- Resources on signs and symptoms of an alcohol-use disorder and how to help a friend.
- Learn more about marijuana.
- Information on the Tufts Alcohol and Drug Policy and required alcohol or drug meeting.
- Recovery support and resources
- Ever Wonder Why We Get Addicted to Drugs Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Public Health and Community Medicine
- Listen to Margie Skeer discuss family meals and substance abuse with University of Florida's Bill Latimer of WUFT Public Radio's Public Health Minute.
- Listen to Michael Botticelli who serves as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, speak about being in recovery from alcohol abuse
- Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes — are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
- Using an e-cigarette product is commonly called vaping.
- E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
- The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives.
Tufts Tobacco-Free Initiative is a student-run group supported by the Community Health Department and Health Services which works to promote a healthier Tufts campus through education and policy. Tufts has received impressive rankings on the health of our campus and it is important to continue moving forward with this momentum. 975 college campuses in the US have already gone 100% tobacco-free. Tufts Tobacco-Free Initiative hopes to create and implement a comprehensive and attainable policy on the Tufts Medford/Somerville undergraduate campus with regards to smoking and tobacco use in order to improve the health of and to strengthen the community on the Tufts undergraduate campus.
In order to do so, we will listen to the opinions and feelings of the students, faculty, and staff on campus as well as our close neighbors and engage in meaningful discussions about the extent of the problem of smoking and tobacco use on the Tufts campus. We also plan to host events and implement education campaigns to educate students, faculty, and staff about the necessity for Tufts to take action on the problem of smoking and tobacco use on campus.
Quit Now: Improve your chances of quitting smoking and other tobacco products through quit-smoking medicine and free counseling.
Quit nicotine/tobacco or support someone in their quit attempt: Seventy-seven percent of adult smokers in Massachusetts report they want to quit and 60% try each year. In fact, when a smoking cessation benefit was added to MassHealth, over 40% of MassHealth smokers took advantage of it. However, many do not use proven methods that increase the odds of success. It’s important to use medications and counseling together when trying to quit.
Although legal in Massachusetts, it is against Federal Law to use cannabis on a college campus. With that in mind, students need to understand how the use of cannabis in its various forms impact them socially, academically and physically.
T-Break: A guide to help support you on a cannabis tolerance break. If you smoke weed, at some point, you should take a tolerance break. Like anything else, your body builds up a tolerance to weed: you need more to get high. A T-Break could help you save money and also keep balance.