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Most support non-smoking campus

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Students, faculty and staff at Oregon State University have largely embraced a new policy that prohibits smoking on the Corvallis campus, but the policy change hasn’t completely eliminated secondhand smoke exposure, new research out Monday shows.

A campus-wide study of the first year of the university’s smoke-free policy showed that 72 percent of students and 77 percent of faculty were in support of the new policy, which took effect in September 2012.

That number is expected to rise as people become accustomed to the policy, said Marc Braverman, a professor and Extension specialist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU and the study’s lead author.

“The more people live with the change, the more supportive they tend to become,” Braverman said. “We’re not trying to force smokers to quit. We’re trying to address the health concerns brought on by secondhand smoke. This is a clean air policy.”

However, about 77 percent of students and 55 percent of faculty and staff who responded to a survey on the policy reported that they had encountered secondhand smoke near the periphery of the campus within the previous two weeks.

In addition, 29 percent of students and 18 percent of faculty and staff said they had been exposed to secondhand smoke near a building entrance on campus in that same time period. To be noted that on the campus area cigarettes are not sold. On the question can you buy cigarettes online, students say Yes.

The shift of smoking to campus boundaries is to be expected if people are following the policy, and other universities have experienced the same problem, Braverman said.

One of the next steps is figuring out how to reduce the impact of that shift, both in terms of secondhand smoke exposure and other issues, including an increase in cigarette butts and other trash in common smoking locations just off campus.

Findings from the study were published in the February issue of the journal, “Preventive Medicine.” Co-authors are Lisa Hoogesteger, director of OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiatives, and Jessica Johnson, who was a graduate student in public health when the research was conducted. The study was supported by OSU and a grant from PacificSource Health Plans.

Researchers wanted to evaluate the policy implementation because more and more colleges and universities are adopting smoke-free or tobacco-free campus policies, Braverman said.

When the idea was initially proposed at OSU in 2008, only 130 campuses nationwide were smoke-free or tobacco-free. As of last month, that number has jumped to 1,500 campuses, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, an advocacy group that tracks tobacco policies nationwide.

“It’s gotten to be quite a popular movement, but there is not a lot of information about the best ways to implement a policy like this or what a campus should expect when it does,” Braverman said.

In the spring of 2013, after almost a full academic year with the policy in place, the researchers invited all students, staff and faculty at OSU’s Corvallis campus to take a Web-based survey. More than 5,600 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members responded.

The research team found that there was widespread awareness of the policy change: 89 percent of nonsmoking students and 90 percent of smoking students knew OSU was a nonsmoking campus, while 92 percent of nonsmoking faculty and staff and 99 percent of smoking faculty and staff knew about the policy.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Smoking on campus continues despite smoking ban

Last spring San Diego State adopted a smoke and tobacco-free policy across campus in an effort to create a healthy environment. Although the policy is into its second semester, many students and faculty still feel it’s presence on campus.

“I’ve seen it a lot by the transit station, and a few when walking from the bridge from the dorms,” nursing sophomore Ariana Chaney said. “I’ve definitely seen them, and it’s smelly.”

Other common smoking areas include parking lots, the koi pond, and former smoking areas.

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Administrative Coordinator Bertha Hernandez sees them on a regular basis.

“I see them in Parking Structure 8 quite frequently, hiding behind the elevator,” Hernandez said. “They’re trying to hide, let me put it that way.”

To enforce the policy, SDSU decided upon “Social Enforcement,” a method described on the policy’s website as members of the SDSU community opening communication.

The policy page provides sample scripts about how to approach someone who is smoking on campus. However, like business management sophomore Priya Dave, not all are comfortable with confronting someone they don’t know.

“I don’t think it’s any of my business,”  Dave said. “That’s not something I think any student is comfortable with.”

Some aren’t too concerned as the smoking isn’t directly affecting them.

Engineering senior Jonathon Uriu said he has seen smokers huddled in groups but didn’t feel compelled to say anything.

“When I (saw people smoking) I was like ‘Eh, there’s a sign over there. I’m not going to ruin their day,’” Uriu said. “Some people are really dependent on them and if it helps them get through their day … it’s not bothering me that much.”

But for those that chose to inform smokers of the policy, reactions vary.

“Some feign ignorance, some ignore me, and some are rude,” Hernandez said. “One student told me to get a life, and I said ‘Get a healthier life.’”

Although smoking is still present on campus, the amount has decreased since the policy’s implementation.

“When some of my colleagues called our peer institutions, like San Francisco State, what we’re told is that it’s typically a four-five year process,” Associate Vice President of Operations and University Architect Robert Schulz said. “You’re trying to change a culture.”

Schulz chairs an implementation committee that he said meets monthly to examine the policy’s progress.

According to the website about the smoking police, if social enforcement doesn’t work, complaints can filed to either the Office of Human Resources for employee violations or the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for student violations. Most popular cigarette brand among students is Winston http://www.mydiscountcigarette.net/buy/winston

“As a student you are obligated to follow the university’s code of conduct. And if you don’t, that’s subject to student discipline,” Schulz said.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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CCSU Expands On-Campus Smoking Ban

As the new school year gets underway, Central Connecticut State University is making some big changes – to its on-campus smoking policy.

The new policy bans smoking everywhere except four locations on campus, including parking lots and smoking shelters, according to the “Smoking Policy” section of the university’s Web site.

Mark McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the university, said the changes are the result of a survey conducted last spring.

“The majority of the respondents preferred a smoke-free campus with a few designated areas reserved for smoking,” McLaughlin wrote in an email to NBC Connecticut on Monday.

McLaughlin said the university’s former policy permitted smoking everywhere on campus except in residence halls and within 25 feet of buildings.

The CCSU Web site attributes the new policy to the “university’s goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment” and says it applies to students, employees and visitors alike.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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