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1Weber State University Campus Tobacco Policy Recommendations Students WorkingAgainst Tobacco
2Outline Tobacco Policy Trends Why Go Tobacco-Free Opposing Arguments Recommendations
3Tobacco Policy Trends Global Amsterdam coffee shops tobacco-free, 2008.France banned smoking in public outdoor places, 2007.NationwideThe U.S. Open held first smoke-free major, 2008.San Francisco pharmacies can’t sell tobacco products because pharmacies are places of healing, not harm, 2008.D.C. restaurants and bars smoke-free, 2007.Calabasas, CA prohibits smoking in all indoor and outdoor public places, 2006.Smoking is prohibited on most So. California beaches and piers, 2003.Statewide30 Utah cities/communities have enacted smoke free policies that prohibit smoking on a number of city owned properties including parks, cemeteries, bus stops, recreational areas, etc.Every city in Salt Lake County has an outdoor smoke-free policies, excluding Bluffdale, 2008.Weber-Morgan County banned smoking in all outdoor publicly owned places,Davis County adopted an outdoor smoking ban, 2007.Utah County has smoke-free parks and tobacco-free hospital campuses, 2008.GlobalCountries across the world have also adopted restrictive tobacco and smoke-free policies to promote the health of their communities such as:Amsterdam coffee shops tobacco-free, July, 2008.France bans smoking in public outdoor places, February, 2007.NationwideCities, counties, and states throughout the nation have adopted restrictive tobacco and smoke-free policies to promote the health of their communities such. For example:The U.S. Open held its first smoke-free major, June, 2008.San Francisco, CA pharmacies can’t sell tobacco products because pharmacies are supposed to be a place of healing, not harm, 2008.D.C. restaurants and bars went smoke-free, January, 2007.Calabasas, CA prohibited smoking in all indoor and outdoor public places, March, 2006.Smoking has been prohibited on most Southern California beaches and piers since 2003.Statewide30 Utah cities/communities have enacted smoke free policies that prohibit smoking on a number of city owned properties including parks, cemeteries, bus stops, recreational areas, etc (Siegel, 2006).Listed below are a few examples of these smoke free policies:Every city in Salt Lake County has outdoor smoke-free policies, excluding Bluffdale.Weber-Morgan County has banned smoking in all outdoor publicly owned places, August, 2008.A smoking ban in Davis County went into effect January of 2008.Utah County has smoke-free parks and tobacco-free hospital campuses.Tobacco Free CampusesTo date, 260 US colleges and universities have implemented 100% smokefree campus policies (American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 2009). These policies prohibit smoking on college owned or leased property including all indoor and outdoor locations.In total, approximately 933 US colleges and universities have enacted a restrictive tobacco and smoke-free policy that protects the campus community from tobacco and tobacco industry presence (American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 2009).Utah Colleges and UniversitiesSUU—currently engaged in a campus-wide conversation about going tobacco-free.USU—currently working on a policy that prohibits smoking in (or within 25 feet of an entry to) any building owned or controlled by the University (including the football stadium), in courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping, or other barriers.U of U, SLLC, & Snow—enforces the UICAA, which prohibits smoking within 25 feet of any campus building including any entrance-way, exit, open window, or air intake of a building.UV U—prohibits the use of tobacco inside campus buildings and within 25 feet of entrances, windows, and air intake vents. The use of tobacco is also prohibited in partially enclosed areas (such as covered walkways, walkways between sections of buildings, courtyards, and bus stop shelters) and exterior stairways and landings. Tobacco use is also prohibited at UVSC sponsored outdoor events.
4Tobacco Policy Trends (2) Universities and Colleges260 campuses 100% tobacco-freeUtah CollegesSUU—campus-wide conversation about going tobacco-free.USU—currently working on policy to prohibit smoking in (or within 25 feet of an entry to) any building owned or controlled by the University (including the football stadium), in courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping, or other barriers.U of U, SLCC, & Snow—enforce the UICAA - 25 feet rule from any campus building including any entrance-ways, exits, open windows, or air intake of a building.UVU—prohibits use of tobacco inside campus buildings and within 25 feet of entrances, windows, and air intake vents.Tobacco use also prohibited in partially enclosed areas (such as covered walkways, walkways between sections of buildings, courtyards, and bus stop shelters) and exterior stairways and landings.Tobacco use prohibited at UVU sponsored outdoor events.Specific colleges recognized and respected by WSU (at least talk about top two, possibly not last four)Iowa, all public and private universities 100% tobacco-freeBoise State 100% tobacco-free by Fall of 2009University of North DakotaOklahoma State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas, FayettevillePortland Community College (58,000 students)
5WSU Students Support Tobacco-Free Policy Utah Health Behavior Survey (2007)80% WSU students and 76% higher education students in Utah would support a campus-wide tobacco ban.
6Why make campuses completely tobacco free? Promotes clean air and a healthy environmentAssures access for those affected by exposure to SHSTeaches respect for othersPrepares students for the futureDemonstrates leadershipEliminates unspoken approval of under age tobacco useFor reason number one highlight these two points: exposure to secondhand smoke at building entrances/exits) and tobacco litter polluting the campus.For reason number six highlight: the presence of underage students on our campuses
7Promotes Clean Air & Healthy Environment EPA classifies secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen containing chemicals such as asbestos and radon.CDC reports prevalence of smoking in the age group is greatest (24.4%).Stanford Studyfirst peer-reviewed publication of systematic measurements of Outdoor Tobacco Smoke (OTS)OTS can be high during periods of smoking in locations where persons are near active smokersOTS particle levels near active sources over the course of one or more cigarettes can be comparable with average well-mixed indoor secondhand smoke (SHS) particles levels observed in living rooms or bedrooms during smoking.”
8Assures AccessHigher education institutions are committed to providing access for those with disabilities. Many disabled have conditions which are adversely affected by exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS).The CDC estimates approximately 10% of the population suffers from conditions aggravated by exposure to SHS. Making campuses completely tobacco-free assures access for anyone adversely impacted by exposure to SHS.The US Surgeon General reported in 2006 there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
9Teaches Respect For Others Recent tragedies on college campuses reveal the need to emphasize respect for others.Making campuses 100% tobacco-free is done only because tobacco users disrespect the impact of their use on others. Were they to respect the effect of tobacco use on others, there would be no need for such policies.The tobacco-free policy provides a framework for discussion about respecting others.All policies teach!
10Prepares Students For The Future By adopting this policy the institution prepares its students for entry or advancement in workplaces that are becoming increasingly tobacco-free.Many states have passes laws requiring medical facilities to be completely tobacco-free. And, according to the US Chamber of Commerce over 7,000 businesses are tobacco-free.The Cleveland Clinic (third largest medical organization in the world with 33,000 employees) became 100% tobacco-free last year and gave employees 3 months to quit using tobacco or lose their jobs.e.g. NIKE tobacco-free policy
11Demonstrates Leadership A 100% tobacco-free institution establishes itself as a leader with businesses, industries, health care institutions and municipal governments in the movement to assure clean air and a healthy environment for all.The institution will be in a position to help other universities in Utah learn how to develop and successfully implement a tobacco-free policy.I moved “demonstrates” leadership before “teaches respect” and “prepares students for the future” because I thought it would be a nice lead in into the other two slides.Kelsi, my idea, be it simple is to simply put this slide into your own words or even just say it like it’s written here but don’t read or you can use the ideas Natalie wrote down from previous conversations.To transition into the next slide you could say, “Higher-education institutions across the state would agree there is a decline in respect, appropriate classroom behavior, and an increase in cheating. This policy would help create a better culture of respect at Weber State by saying as institution we believe everyone on our campus deserves access to a clean and healthy environment.We haven’t impressed on the student respect.
12Eliminates Unspoken Approval Of Underage Tobacco Use Institutions that allow tobacco use in designated areas or at specified distances from building entrances/exits are giving unspoken approval for the under aged to use tobacco on their campuses.A completely tobacco-free institution does not face the moral problem of giving silent approval for the under aged to smoke or chew tobacco on campus.Institutions with 100% tobacco-free policies are overwhelmingly supported by parents of minors.Reference for last bullet point is anecdotal from TY Patterson’s work with other colleges and universities. The individuals he works with at various institutions have told him the parents of minors support this kind of policy.
13Why do people oppose tobacco-free campus policy? Tramples on tobacco users rightsWould be unenforceableEveryone would have to approveEnrollment would declineWould push tobacco users off campusWould be costly
14Tobacco Users Have Rights The use of tobacco is not a right. The institution has the authority to restrict or prohibit tobacco use; as it most often does alcohol use. Most institutions restrict smoking to areas outside buildings with the possible exception of on campus living areas.100% tobacco-free policy often requires re-thinking one’s position in light of evidence of the damaging effects of SHS.This is the only argument challenging whether the policy is right. It bears more scrutiny than “practicality” arguments.
15Policy is Unenforceable Usually presented because enforcement of designated smoking areas or building perimeter restrictions has not worked in the past.This argument assumes (or supports the notion that) non compliance with a policy is an option. In fact, there is no option for an employee or student to be non compliant with an institutional policy! Expectations must be managed.The best approach is to focus on educating about the policy and seeking compliance. Essentially, a 100% tobacco-free policy will ultimately be self enforced. In time the culture will embrace and revere the policy as the campus does its dry- campus status.Designated Areas vs. Comprehensive PolicyOn WSU’s campus there are only a few areas that are not located near buildings, building entrances or main walkways which could be designated as smoking areas. This solution can be expensive, confusing, and ineffective. Other college campuses such as Gainesville College in Georgia experimented with a policy restricting smoking to designated areas on campus. However, after four years, the college concluded many smokers still smoked in doorways and while walking across campus. This led the college to enact a 100% smoke free policy in May 2003, which has been far more effective.Since there are very few places to smoke 25 feet from campus buildings, a comprehensive tobacco ban is also the best way to comply with the Utah Clean Air Act. To date, the campus community has done little to enforce this law, in part, because of this logistic.
16Everyone Needs To Approve The Policy A bottom up approach to the tobacco-free policy may not be necessary but is sometimes used when the leader perceives a lack of board support or if there is a desire to delay the process.In recent cases at Pennsylvania State University and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the Chancellors succeeded in getting their Boards to approve the policy without approval by employees or students.In community colleges it is not as common for policies to be established from the bottom up but student and employee support is often solicited.
17Enrollment Would Decline There is often fear of undesirable consequences when a controversial policy is proposed. This argument is based on the notion that individuals who oppose the policy will decide not to attend in greater number than those who decide to attend in greater number than those who decide to attend because of the policy.There is no way to prove who decides to express interest in a college because of a policy.
18Would Push Tobacco-Users On Neighbors This argument is dependent on the proximity of commercial and residential areas to the campus. When there are neighbors who might be affected it is important to discuss the policy with them.A number of institutions have found support for tobacco-free campus policy among potential residential and or commercial property owners. Understanding the impact on neighbors is important in developing a successful plan.This has caused some institutions to choose to “not enforce the tobacco-free policy in vehicles parked on campus.”
19Would Be CostlyThe cost of messaging/signage and other expenses of making our campus tobacco-free are minimal. Based on feedback from tobacco-free institutions the cost of implementing and maintaining the policy is less than the cost of removing tobacco litter from the campus before the policy went into effect.It is recommended any revenue from citations for violation of the policy be applied to the tobacco-free education and maintenance account.
20Recommendations Campus-wide outdoor smoking ban Adoption of a formal anti-tobacco advertising policyIncreased marketing of smoking cessation resourcesProhibiting all campus entities from accepting monies from tobacco companies
21WSU Rodeo Club U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) and NIRA Annual contribution to WSU $3,000-$5,000 annuallyAlternative campus or community sponsorship
22Time Frame 2. Communicate why, when, and what it means through: 1. Agree and announce we are going to be tobacco free by such and such a time (one year out and beginning of new term is best)2. Communicate why, when, and what it means through:All recruitment materials, HR, website, orientations etc.Education campaign (press releases, signs, newspaper articles, focus groups, etc.)Throughout this time the campus can change signage, remove ashcans, reprint materials, etc. It allows people an opportunity to change their smoking behavior (quit or decrease use) and it also shows you are acting out of goodwill to support the campus making the healthy change. Thelonger implementation period is usually a positive thing for staff and faculty (especially the unions). By far, the one thing I hear most about tobacco control advocates is they/we want to take away "rights" of people and they are acting an nannies. By keeping the messages positive and focusing on an overall "health of the campus community" theme, you don't come off as being a negative anti-smoker group but rather a pro-health, pro-environment group.Need a champion groupNegativity can be difficult to ride through, no institution has backed off once a tobacco-free date was one.Conclusion: summarize intro.
23Higher Education Policies Higher education institutions use behavioralpolicies regularly to:reduce illness and injuryeliminate hazards, unsafe behaviors and conditionsprotect the greater campus communityWSU already enforces policies that reduce illness, eliminate hazards, and unsafe behaviorAlcohol in between classes seems like a silly idea because our campus culture is such that alcohol is unacceptable on campus, in time smoking would be seen as the same way.Also reinforce the state, national, global, and campus tobacco trend again.