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Report from the Emmanuel College SmokeTobaccoFree Exploratory Committee April 8, 2014

Report of the Emmanuel College SmokeTobaccoFree Exploratory Committee April 8, 2014 I. Executive Summary In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS created the TobaccoFree College Campus Initiative TFCCI to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobaccofree policies at universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning across the United States. The initiative collaborates closely with academic leaders, public health advocates, student re

Establishing a smoke and tobaccofree campus policy will Protect members of the College community from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. Multiple studies affirm that there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke, including outdoor smoke. Promote cessation and create a supportive environment for those who are trying to reduce or quit tobacco use. Create a cleaner living, learning, and working environment for students, faculty and staff. Creation of a

numerous club offerings and a competitive DivisionIII athletics program. Emmanuel also offers Health Services and the Counseling Center to assist students in adjusting to the emotional and physical demands of College. For faculty, administration and staff, the Office of Human Resources offers a variety of wellness programs through its Employee Assistance Program as well as onsite classes, online management tools, selfdirected programs and individualized consultations with an emphasis on encourag

Furthermore, nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, including exposure in the workplace, are at onethird higher risk for heart attack and lung cancer Centers for Disease Control, Smoking Tobacco Use, 2010. The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the only way to fully protect the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke is through 100 smoke free environments USDHHS 2006. Most hospitals, many private businesses, and hundreds of colleges and universities have now voluntar

D. EC Smoke Free Survey, December 2012 In November 2012, Emmanuel College administered a survey that sought to understand, from students, faculty and staff Attitude toward secondhand smoke on campus, and frequency and location of encounters with secondhand smoke Attitude toward current policy, including perceived adequacy and the degree to which policy is followed by smokers andor enforced by the College Attitude toward a potential smokefree campus policy in consideration of overall health an

Faculty respondents, compared to student and staff respondents, are less critical of current policy or the degree to which it is followed and enforced, and are less likely to consider secondhand smoke a major problem on campus. However, they also cite fewer encounters with secondhand smoke than student or staff respondents. E. An Emerging National Issue In September 2012, in an effort to protect the nations youth and young adults against the smoke and tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Department of

251 parks and open spaces run by the Parks and Recreation Department. The spaces adjacent to Emmanuels campus include the Muddy River, Ramler Park and Clemente Field. Violators will face a 250 fine. III. Process A. Meeting at UMass Medical In October 2013, members of the Emmanuel community were invited to attend a symposium at UMass Medical School on the topic becoming a tobaccofree campus. Thirtyfive New England colleges were represented, including Northeastern University, Emerson College, Holy

Michael Conte, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Resident Director of St. Joseph Hall Kristen Conroy, Associate Vice President for Operations Lauren Davis, NP, Director of Health Services Jon Ericksen Jr. 16 Erin Farmer Noonan, Director of Human Resources Jack Kelly, Director of Campus Safety Linda Lin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Elaria Meshreky 14 Maria Parisi, BSN graduate, Smoking Cessation Nurse Consultant, South Shore Hospital Amy Stewart, Communications Ma

Committee members also shared some important data on smoking and tobacco use, as well as the effects of secondhand smoke. As part of the committees task would be to provide an educational component to the community, the committee determined that it would collect and compile related research and media in the form of a new web page. D. Qualtrics Survey The following Qualtrics survey was made available to the Emmanuel community via the MySaints portal on February 4th. Since September 2012, 25 of co

frequently, as new and pertinent research and news regarding tobaccoecigarette use and young adults became available. To date, the page has been viewed 185 times, with 172 counting as unique page views. F. Town Hall Meeting On March 20th, the committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting, giving members of the College community another opportunity to voice their views or concerns regarding whether or not Emmanuel should modify its smoking policy. The meeting was sparsely attended, with only seven student

How and why will the College impose a stricter smokingtobacco policy when the current policy isnt enforced Asking smokers to be moved from the smoking area to the street will further ostracize a population that already feels unwelcomed on campus. Imposing a ban demonizes smoking and the population that chooses to do itthis wont make the Emmanuel community better or more unified. Staff members that smoke expressed the importance of a clear policy with visible signage, noting that Emmanuels l

Pros of adopting a smoke and tobaccofree policy As Emmanuels mission is to educate and foster students holistically, a ban on smoking and tobacco use will further cultivate the atmosphere of physical and mental wellness on campus. A smoking ban will make it less likely that students begin smoking while in college, as very few people begin smoking after age 25. The new policy would prevent nicotine addiction and the various health problems caused by tobacco products e.g., lungoral cancer, em

A ban on smoke and tobacco will put Emmanuel more in line with the smoking policies of other campuses in the COF as well as nearly 1,200 campuses around the nation. Cons of adopting a smoke and tobaccofree policy Outlawing a legal behavior on campus may be perceived as a big brother atmosphere. A smokingtobacco ban may cause current smokers to feel marginalized or unwelcomed at Emmanuel. Many current smokers are biologically addicted to smoking. The College would be taking away access to a

enclosed areas. Additionally, no smoking or tobacco use will be permitted in outdoor areas including parking lots, parking garages, grounds, rooftops, courtyards, entranceexit ways, athletic facilities, Collegeowned or leased vehicles, and any other indoor or outdoor areas owned or managed by the College. Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, waterpipes, hookahs or any other lighted tobacco produ

Existing College policy already prohibits tobacco use inside all campus facilities and in all outdoor areas with the exception of the designated smoking area. Surveys of the Emmanuel College community have determined that a majority of students and employees support a policy change that protects them from exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. Adoption of a tobaccofree policy has the potential to reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, reduce initiation of new tobacco users and

V. Next steps The committee recommends establishing an implementation team comprised of staff from Government and Community Relations, Marketing Communications, Human Resources, Campus Safety, Facilities, Student Affairs and Health Services, as well as at least one Emmanuel student. This group will be charged with drafting the new smoke and tobaccofree policy and managing a campuswide roll out of the changes. The smoke and tobaccofree campus policy will take full effect on August 11, 2014. 16

Additional Resources National Media F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for ECigarettes By Sabrina Tavernise The New York Times, April 24, 2014 Ecigarette consumption is rising fast, and in the absence of federal regulations, many states have already passed laws that ban ecigarettes from public places, regulate their sale, and in some cases tax them. Why ecigarettes should be banned from minors by Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P. Philly.com, March 18, 2014 Ecigarettes are being marketed as a dev

Smoking is Worse Than You Imagined New York Times, January 19, 2014 The latest surgeon generals report on the health effects of smoking...offers astonishing new evidence of just how much harm tobacco is causing. Parks smoking ban taking effect immediately by Milton J. Valencia Boston Globe, December 31, 2013 The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission approved a smoking ban...in cityrun parks, immediately making it illegal to smoke cigarettes, marijuana, and other lighted or vaporized substanc

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