What began as a student initiative in the spring of 2012 has culminated with the adoption of a tobacco free policy by Pittsburg State University.
Effective January 1, 2015, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned, operated or leased properties. This includes university vehicles and outside areas. (The full policy can be found here)
Our tobacco free policy is intended to support our goal of providing a safe, healthy and respectful working and learning environment. It is not intended to push tobacco use from on-campus to our off-campus neighbors. The respect and consideration of all students, faculty, staff and visitors is needed to fully implement the policy. Its origins are especially important because momentum for this policy began with our students.
Pittsburg State University is the first four-year, regent institution in Kansas to become tobacco free. The push to become tobacco free began with a student vote in the spring of 2012 when a majority of students voted in favor of a referendum on tobacco usage at the university.
Presented with the results of the 2012 referendum, President Steve Scott formed a tobacco policy task force to review the matter and develop a recommendation based upon its findings. The task force spent more than a year gathering campus input through town hall meetings, surveys and small group discussions. In addition, research of the more than 1,340 campuses that have already gone tobacco-free was conducted to determine best practices.