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.
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”
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
William Gentry III, 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