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Tobacco Policy

Smoke and Tobacco Free UI Fall 2015

It is the intention of the University of Idaho Tobacco Task Force that effective Aug. 24, 2015, all University of Idaho properties will prohibit the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other non-combustible tobacco product.

The intent of the proposed tobacco-free policy is to improve the health and safety of all students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

  • Started as a Class Project

    The initiative to creating a tobacco-free campus originated from a movement sciences class project. Four students were tasked with developing a needs assessment on implementing a tobacco-free policy and started with research from other universities. 

    We researched what other universities were doing effectively as well as what did not work. The student group was invited to speak at a Fresh Air Campus Challenge Event in Portland, Oregon where they made even more contacts within the region. 

    Upon completion of the needs assessment portion of the course work the student group was tasked with forming a survey to collect student opinion. The student group met with the stats department to develop appropriate methods of data collections. 

    The survey was approved through the IRB and distributed on campus. After a week of allowing students to take the survey online, emailing the survey to 2000 random student emails, and distributing a physical copy of the survey to random groups on campus, the survey results were in. 985 students took the survey which was more than enough for an appropriate sample size, as per the stats department, for our student population size. 87% of participants were students. 51% favored a tobacco-free campus and 62% favored a smoke-free campus. The student group took these results and their research to several committees on campus.

  • ASUI Resolution
    After a presentation by the student group, ASUI drafted resolution S13-04 which passed through ASUI Senate with a 13-2 vote. The resolution stated that they are, “encouraging that the University of Idaho Faculty Senate and administration review the University of Idaho on campus tobacco policy”
  • Moving Forward
    Upon completion of all tasks assigned to the student group, the project was handed off to the Health Education Coordinator.  President Nellis suggested that Faculty Senate take a closer look at a tobacco policy, and in Fall 2013 a committee was formed. The committee is now known as the Tobacco Task Force.

    After extensive research into what is the right thing to do for our campus in terms of health and safety for the entire community, the task force recommended a tobacco-free campus.  This decision came after research into the "Four Futures" of tobacco use on campus - tobacco-free, smoke-free, designated areas, or no change.

    This website is designed to share research with the students, staff, faculty, and visitors of the University of Idaho. We welcome any and all questions, comments, or concerns.
  • Tobacco Task Force Members

    Emily Tuschhoff, Health Education Coordinator
    Trish Hartzell, Biological Sciences Faculty
    Helen Brown, Movement Sciences Faculty
    Marty Ytreberg, Faculty Senate Chair
    Donald Crowley, Secretary of the Faculty
    Ali Bretthauer, Chair of Staff Affairs
    Lisa Miller, Staff Affairs
    Chad Neilson, Staff Affairs
    Jennifer Deffenbaugh, Public Health-Idaho North Central District
    Heidi Henson, Public Health-Idaho North Central District
    Nick Wren, ASUI Director of Health and Wellness 
    Mike Ryan, ASUI Senator
    Susan Bender, Executive Director, International Programs Office
    Pat Clelland, Sodexo
    Samantha Delmer, Student
    Elicia Hunt, Student
    Brian Dulin, Alcohol & Other Drug Program Coordinator
    Michelle Henley, Admissions
    Penny Martinez, Office of Public Safety
    Charles Zillinger, Facilities
    Ray Pankopf, Facilities
    Bill Parks, Northwest River Supply
    Jim Parsons, Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Gritman
    Cori Planagan, Dean of Students Office
    Virginia Solan, Dean of Students Office
    Daniel Sallee, Student
    Rob Spear, Athletic Director
    Brandi Terwilliger, Human Resources
    Samuel Berg, Student