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Umo presentation bec annual mtg lauri sidelko

  1. 1. Tobacco Free Campus Lauri Sidelko Director of Alcohol and Drug Education Programs A Member of the University of Maine System
  2. 2. • As the state’s flagship campus, the University of Maine seeks to create a culture that promotes a safe and Overview: healthy environment to learn, work and live. How did we get to • A Tobacco Free campus is one part of this point? a comprehensive effort to develop a culture of wellness by supporting fitness, health, nutrition, and disease prevention and control efforts.
  3. 3. National •Scientific evidence clearly shows the severe health consequences of tobacco use, secondary and tertiary effects. • #1 cause of death is tobacco (400,000/year) Background followed by obesity (300,000/year) ~US Surgeon General 2001 and •Over 350 campuses are going or are completely Information smoke or tobacco free. State •The State of Maine has changed laws and policies to increasingly prohibit tobacco use and distribution both inside and outside.
  4. 4. Campus History • Administration appointed Tobacco Free Campus Committee (TFCC) and chairs in July of 2007 Overview: – Committee included employees, How did students, and community members we get to • The current policy is outdated, so the Tobacco Free Campus Committee was this point? appointed to assess, educate and formulate a plan. • The committee had regular meetings for almost two years to look at every aspect of becoming a tobacco free campus
  5. 5. • Additionally, chairs met with departmental leadership, UM System personnel, student organizations, and alumni Overview: • Met with 49 campus groups, some multiple How did times with over 500 participants we get to • TFC was covered in the Maine Campus, this point? BDN, WMEB, UMaine Forum and local TV stations • TFCC had conference call consultations with 5 other universities regarding best practices and lessons learned
  6. 6. University Offices Academic Groups Administration and Finance, Elaine Clark, Associate VP Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, Al Kezis, Associate Dean Office of Admissions, Sharon Oliver, Director and staff Mathematics and Statistics, Bill Bray, Chair and Professor Auxiliary Services, Robin Toderian, Assistant VP Engineering Chet Rock, Associate Dean Office of International Programs, Karen Boucias, Director College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Amy Fried, Dean Public Safety, Noel March, Chief of Public Safety Honors College, Emily Cain, Coordinator Athletic Department, Blake James, Director of Athletics School of Business, Ivan Manev, Associate Dean Cooperative Extension, John Rebar, Executive Director College of Educ. and Human Development, OJ Logue, Assoc. Dean MCA/ Collins Center for the Arts, John Patches, Director, and Division of Lifelong Learning, Bob White, Dean Adele Atkins Conference Services, Bruce Stinson, Director University Relations, Joe Carr, Director Unions Student Groups Office of Equal Opportunity, Karen Kemble Unions (AFUM/COLT, UMPSA General Student Senate (x3) Director Human Resources, Steve Weinberger, Assistant VP Union representatives Residents on Campus (ROC) Steve Weinberger, HR Graduate Student Government Teamsters Matt Troxel, Nursing Students Campus Representative Student Ambassadors Employee and Faculty Groups Carl Guignard, Secretary- Resident Assistants Professional Employee Advisory Council Treasurer Student Athletic Advisory Classified Employee Advisory Council Teamsters Local 340 Committee Athletic Advisory Board Dennis Corson, HR International Student Assoc. Faculty Senate Environment Committee, Stephanie Welcomer, Wilde Stein Chair, Dan Belknap, Member All Sports Teams (19 meetings) Interfraternity Council Alumni Groups Panhellenic Council University of Maine System UMaine Alumni Association Commuter Students UMS Office of University Counsel, Kelley Wiltbank, University Todd Saucier, President and NSFA Student Cooperative Counsel Executive Director WMEB UMS Office of Labor Relations, Anna O’Connell, Coordinator
  7. 7. Smoking leads to employee absenteeism and higher health Employees care and medical insurance costs for institutions and individuals in the population served (Tobacco Why Should Control, 2001) UMaine Become Only 5% of smokers start after age Students Tobacco 24, a major reason tobacco companies target young adults in Free? their marketing (RJ Reynolds internal doc.) 28% of college smokers began to smoke regularly at or after age 19, when most were already in college. Half had tried unsuccessfully to quit in the previous year (American Cancer Society)
  8. 8. • Tobacco use is a global public health priority: it is the second major cause of death in the world (World Health Organization) Health Effects of • Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. Tobacco Use Research & Facts • Tobacco-related disease accounts for an estimated 438,000 deaths, or nearly one of every 5 deaths, each year in the US. Including the approximately 38,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure.
  9. 9. • In Maine, there are approximately 2,200 smoking related deaths per year. Health • Nicotine, the addictive ingredient in Effects of tobacco, is as addictive as heroin. Tobacco Use • Among current U.S. adult smokers, Research & Facts 70% say they want to quit.
  10. 10. • There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (Surgeon General, 2006) • Secondhand smoke exposure – Effects cardiovascular system and causes Health coronary heart disease and lung cancer Effects of – causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke Tobacco Use – contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemicals and has been classified as a known human carcinogen Research & Facts – can be as harmful outdoors as indoors – increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and severe asthma in children.
  11. 11. UMaine Statistics: • In a 2005 survey, about 9% of employees were smokers. • In a 2007 survey, 6.1% of students reported use of cigarettes everyday. About 0.9% use smokeless tobacco. • In a 2008 survey, 82.8% of students report they have never used cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco. Tobacco Use Statistics Tobacco’s Toll in Maine • 16% of high school students smoke. • 1,900 students under 18 become new daily smokers each year. • $602 million: annual health care costs in Maine directly caused by smoking • Healthy ME 2010 Report: - 1/3 of youth who experiment with tobacco will become addicted. - 1/3 of youth who smoke will die a tobacco-related death.
  12. 12. Maine law prohibits smoking in the following: • restaurants, including outdoor eating areas; • bars; • beano and bingo halls; Laws and • movie theaters; Policies • malls; • vehicles with children; • daycare facilities, including home-based daycare; and • state parks and public beaches.
  13. 13. Maine law also prohibits smoking in workplaces •Employer must have written policy to protect the employer and employees from second-hand smoke. •If there is a designated smoking area, it must be enclosed and ventilated. •Employers must supervise the implementation of the policy, Laws and and risk a fine of up to $100 per day if they do not comply. "Workplace Smoking Act of 1985," 22 §1580-A. Policies •Employees are prohibited from smoking in a company vehicle or in their private vehicle during work, whenever other employees are present, or another person is in the vehicle for work-related reasons. "Workplace Smoking Act of 1985," 22 §1580-A; Department of Health and Human Services CMR 10-144, Chapter 250. •Smoking is prohibited in a motor vehicle by the operator or a passenger when a person who has not attained 16 years of age is present in the motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle's windows are open. 22 MRSA §1549(1).
  14. 14. University of Maine Policy: •Prohibits smoking in university vehicles, buildings, and residence halls. Laws and •Prohibits smoking within 20 feet of Policies building entrances. •Prohibits sale of tobacco products on campus.
  15. 15. Proposed Tobacco Free Policy •Based on campus feedback, best practices, and overwhelming research and facts on the health concerns of tobacco use, the committee strongly recommends a tobacco free campus policy be implemented. Laws and •The purpose of the TFC policy will be to reduce Policies harm from tobacco and secondhand smoke, empower faculty, staff, and students to be tobacco free, reduce health insurance and health-care costs, and promote a healthy place to learn, work and live.
  16. 16. Proposed Tobacco Free Policy •The University of Maine implements a tobacco free campus. Tobacco use is prohibited within university buildings, parking structures, walkways, arenas, in university vehicles, and on university owned or operated property at all UMaine sites. •Thispolicy applies to all administration, faculty, staff, Laws and students, contractors, vendors, and visitors at all Policies UMaine sites. •Implementation Timeline: Year 1 Announcement Year 2 Policy takes effect with voluntary compliance Year 3 Enforcement of policy begins
  17. 17. •Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility of all members of the University of Maine community. Compliance •TFC committee strongly recommended an enforcement policy for students, faculty and and staff. Enforcement •Other campuses have chosen to use the conduct system for students, progressive discipline for employees, or a fine system for those who do not comply.
  18. 18. UMaine will provide free, accessible tobacco treatment on campus—and will publicize its availability. Resources for Students: • Alcohol and Drug Education Programs • Cutler Health Center • Maine Tobacco helpline Resources Resources for Faculty and Staff: • HealthyU Employee Wellness Program • 13 hours annually of release time to attend wellness programming to include education and cessation services • Anthem health benefits • Maine Tobacco helpline • Other state and national resources to be distributed with the policy
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