November 29, 2012 12:00AM
Pittsburg State University has received a $25,000 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to support its study of the feasibility of making the campus tobacco free. A Tobacco Policy Task Force began work this month and expects to make recommendations by the end of the spring semester.
“For decades now, research has continually connected many serious health consequences to the use and exposure of tobacco products,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “We are pleased to support Pittsburg State in its efforts to protect the health and wellness of its students, faculty and staff through the development of effective tobacco prevention policies.”
The task force is led by Jim Triplet, a professor in the Department of Biology, and Rita Girth, operations director of the Bryant Student Health Center.
President Steve Scott organized the task force following a student referendum in the spring that indicated strong support for a tobacco-free campus environment.
“Our students made their views on this matter clear,” said Scott. “As a university, we should honor their vote by carefully exploring what tobacco policies are right for the campus. I’m looking forward to receiving the final report from our task force.”
PSU’s Tobacco Policy Task Force will review current policies of the university and its peers regarding tobacco, engage with campus stakeholders and identify all benefits and disadvantages to implementing a tobacco-free policy.