Tobacco Free Campus
Director of Alcohol and
Drug Education Programs
A Member of the University of Maine System
• 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
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.
•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
and •Over 350 campuses are going or are completely
Information smoke or tobacco free.
•The State of Maine has changed laws and
policies to increasingly prohibit tobacco use and
distribution both inside and outside.
• 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we get to • The current policy is outdated, so the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
• The committee had regular meetings for
almost two years to look at every aspect of
becoming a tobacco free campus
• Additionally, chairs met with departmental
leadership, UM System personnel, student
organizations, and alumni
• 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
• TFCC had conference call consultations
with 5 other universities regarding best
practices and lessons learned
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
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)
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
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)
Become Only 5% of smokers start after age
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)
• Tobacco use is a global public health
priority: it is the second major cause of
death in the world (World Health Organization)
Effects of • Tobacco is the leading preventable cause
of death in the US.
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.
• In Maine, there are approximately 2,200
smoking related deaths per year.
• Nicotine, the addictive ingredient in
Effects of tobacco, is as addictive as heroin.
• Among current U.S. adult smokers,
Research & Facts 70% say they want to quit.
• 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 a 2005 survey, about 9% of employees were
• In a 2007 survey, 6.1% of students reported use of
cigarettes everyday. About 0.9% use smokeless
• In a 2008 survey, 82.8% of students report they have
never used cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco.
Statistics Tobacco’s Toll in Maine
• 16% of high school students smoke.
• 1,900 students under 18 become new daily smokers
• $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.
Maine law prohibits smoking in the
• restaurants, including outdoor eating areas;
• beano and bingo halls;
Laws and • movie theaters;
Policies • malls;
• vehicles with children;
• daycare facilities, including home-based
• state parks and public beaches.
Maine law also prohibits smoking in
•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
•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).
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
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
•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
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.
Policy takes effect with voluntary compliance
Enforcement of policy begins
•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
•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.
UMaine will provide free, accessible tobacco
treatment on campus—and will publicize its
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