THE MOVEMENT TO MAKE COLLEGE CAMPUSES TOBACCO-FREE. Presentation at OSU-IT Okmulgee, Oklahoma August 24, 2009 By Ty Patterson Director The Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield Missouri .
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THE MOVEMENT TO MAKE COLLEGE CAMPUSES TOBACCO-FREE
Presentation at OSU-IT
August 24, 2009
The Center of Excellence
for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
Ozarks Technical Community College
REASONS OVER 150 COLLEGES HAVE ADOPTED TOBACCO-FREE POLICIES SINCE 2004
Area restrictions don’t work
Exposure to SHS is unsafe
Tobacco litter defaces the environment
Access for individuals with disabilities is threatened
Tobacco use is inherently disrespectful of others
Those under age are given tacit approval to use tobacco
Tobacco use conflicts with a commitment to wellness
Helps those who want to quit using tobacco
Contributes to institutional sustainability
Saves money through reduction in tobacco litter
Prepares students for tobacco-free work places
KEYS TO SUCCESFUL TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS POLICY
Know why you are adopting the policy
Set timeline for policy implementation
Tell employees, students, community why
Provide cessation help
Establish clear expectations of compliance
Explain consequences for non-compliance
Be respectful to all
Repeat why the policy is being adopted
Repeat expectations and consequences
Use all media available
Thank everyone for their cooperation
Teach, teach, teach….
CHANGING THE CAMPUS CULTURE
A new and even more restrictive tobacco policy with the same method of enforcement is destined to fail
Self enforcement is the only method which will assure success
Teaching self enforcement prepares students for the work world
Respect for others and the environment becomes a hallmark of the institution
No enforcement method is 100% effective
COMPLIANCE WITH INSTITUTIONAL POLICY
To successfully implement and sustain a tobacco policy it is important to nurture a campus culture of self enforcement.
You may ask, how do you nurture such a culture?
The answer is by having employees model compliance; and by teaching students that non-compliance with policy is not an option! Failure to teach this is to teach failure in the world for which we prepare our students.
Having a policy regarding compliance may be helpful in establishing expectations and explaining why compliance is important. The following is an example of such a policy.
Students, employees and visitors are required to comply with duly established institutional policies. These policies are available in Student Services, Human Resources, the Library and on the college’s web site. Failure to comply with Board of Trustees policies may result in disciplinary action including dismissal or loss of access to facilities and programs. Individuals have the right to seek policy changes and/or propose new policies through established processes outlined in the student and faculty handbooks and available on the web site. Until the Board of Trustees votes to change established policies or to adopt new policies, respectful compliance with current policies is required.
TOBACCO POLICY AND CRITICAL THINKING
If the months leading up to implementation of the tobacco policy are used effectively to educate the campus community, critical thinking will be encouraged. Policies teach and good teaching develops critical thinking. Thus, questions such as what is the right thing to do about tobacco use on campus; and how best do we promote respect for others; for example, will generate critical thinking. In my experience higher education institutions do not normally take time to explain why they are adopting policies or their expectations for compliance. As a result, important learning opportunities are missed.
Andrew Epstein, ALA of Oregon, [email protected]
Kim Homer-Vagadori, California Youth Action Network, [email protected]
Denise Ross, Stanly College, Albemarle North Carolina, [email protected]
Danielle Dill, University of Central Oklahoma, [email protected]
Linda Reisser, Portland Community College, [email protected]
John Laws, Ivy Tech-Lafayette Indiana, [email protected]
Margaret Hvatum, St. Louis Community College, [email protected]
Mary Alice Serafini, University of Arkansas, [email protected]
Additional Resources/References available at www.otc.edu/about/tobaccofree.php