College is about… Learning Life Leadership
Our campus is committed to building future leaders.
Future Leaders Developing, promoting and supporting a tobacco-free campus is one way to engage students to lead their peers. Healthy leaders are role models and powerful influences for others.
National Data 20% of young adults (18 - 24) smoke (National Health Interview Survey 2010) Use is more prevalent with: –People below poverty level –Military service members –People with mental illness –American Indian / Alaska Native populations –People identifying as LGBT (CDC) Decline of smoking has slowed = tobacco will continue to be an issue
[Your Data] [You may want to add recent data on tobacco use on your campus.] Policy is an effective, cost efficient way to decrease numbers of tobacco users, thus increasing life, longevity and vitality. Most tobacco users want to quit. Tobacco-free environments help them be successful.
A Look Back…1996 Opposition prior to smoke-free residence halls: "People are going to (smoke) anyway… People would still do it (in the rooms).” "It's a good theory, but it's unenforceable… I think it will be gone in two years.” -Penn State Student Newspaper article, January 1996 Reality: It has now been 17 years and counting.
Remember When… Smoking was allowed on airplanes and in supermarkets? People believed that “non-smoking” sections in restaurants were free of smoke? Policies soon become the social norm.
Respect for Health Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. Secondhand smoke is carcinogenic. Tobacco-free policies respect the health of all, including tobacco users. Policies protect the health of those with asthma, respiratory ailments, heart conditions. It’s fundamental. All people have a right to breathe clean air.
Promoting Well-Being While the campus is focused on education, it is also committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all who interact with the campus environment.
It’s Healthy Ensures a safe & healthy environment Applies academic knowledge (tobacco is unhealthy) to community practice (policy supports good health) Supports the campus mission to promote well-being
It’s Economical Tobacco-free policy can potentially… Lower health care costs Reduce the incidence of fire damage Reduce physical repairs and maintenance
It’s “Green” A campus of 10,000 students can produce over 1.5 tons of cigarette butt waste per year Also consider the waste produced by spit tobacco Maintenance staff are overburdened by this unnecessary waste
It’s the Right Step Tobacco-free policies are being adopted all over the world The momentum is happening now There are currently over 750 tobacco-free colleges and universities in the U.S. Most people do not use tobacco, and most who do would like to quit (typically 75%)
A Few Examples Arizona State University Maricopa Community College District (AZ) University of North Dakota Minnesota State University— Moorhead Oklahoma State University Creighton University (NE) Portland Community College (OR) All are tobacco free
The Research Environmental strategies are effective for reducing harm and helping people quit Policy Health & social marketing campaigns Product pricing / tobacco taxes
Policy is a critical component of any strategic plan that addresses health behaviors.
We Tobacco Users Tobacco-free policy is not anti-user It is pro-health We understand that tobacco is an addiction We genuinely want to help Tobacco-free policy does not force tobacco users to quit. If they want to, we will do whatever we can to help.
Campus Resources Implementation of campus tobacco policy must include providing support to tobacco users. Campus health center (if available) QuitLine (1-800-QUIT NOW) Local / county resources CO Quit Mobile (text message-based) Employee health insurance plans Free / discounted nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Why should we be concerned with tobacco policy for young adults? Young adults are disproportionately affected by tobacco. The industry counts on addicting this age group to secure future sales. “Younger adult smokers have been the critical factor in the growth and decline of every major brand and company in the last 50 years…” -RJ Reynolds document Comprehensive policies reduce initiation and use.
Common Questions Do tobacco-free policies really affect quit rates? A 2000 Surgeon General’s Report found such laws decrease daily consumption and increase cessation rates. Philip Morris memo: “Smokers facing (workplace restrictions) consume 11–15% less than average and quit 84% higher than average.”
Common Questions Why should we worry about smokeless tobacco? There is no safe tobacco product. Industry is developing new products to continue nicotine addiction and create dual-addiction. Use in the classroom can be a distraction from learning. Inconsistent health message: Not caring about the health of all. Clean-up of toxic spit tobacco may be hazardous and more time-consuming for custodial staff.
Common Questions What about smoking shelters? Isn’t that a good compromise? A gathering of smokers alters the perception of what is the campus norm. Shelters and their maintenance are expensive and do not protect people from secondhand smoke. Extra time and resources are spent on cleaning and maintenance of shelters. Conveys a message that smokers are not important. And, they are subjected to more secondhand smoke.
Common Questions Secondhand smoke outside is not a problem. Right? “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.” Surgeon General (2006) Children, pregnant women, people with heart conditions, respiratory ailments, and asthma are especially susceptible to smoke.
Common Questions What are we really gaining? Tobacco-free policies ultimately save time, money and years of human life. As health providers incur more costs for treating chronic disease, insurance rates rise. The strength of a college/university is its people. A healthy environment advances this.