Student Health Advisory
Tobacco Initiative
Faculty Senate Meeting
October 2013
• Founded in 2011
• Student organization to act as liaison with CHS
• Focuses on student health
• Determined tobacco to be a health concern at
• We need your input!
• Some details need to be worked through
• Collaboration will be key
Our goal of a tobacco free policy at Northern Arizona
University would:
1. provide a healthy and safe working and learning
environment free from tobacco and secondhand
2. protect the natural environment by reducing air
pollution and litter associated with tobacco use.
We respect the rights of our students and staff to
breathe clean air.
Achievement Timeline
• Fall 2011
• SHAC identifies tobacco as a significant health
concern for NAU students
• Spring 2012
• SHAC attends Tobacco Free Campus Policy training
• Tobacco subcommittee is formed
• Tobacco Task Force established
Achievement Timeline
• Fall 2012
• Media campaign and education continued (GASO, Kick
Butts, Hookah education)
• Tobacco survey for students and staff conducted (N=484)
• Spring 2013
• Presentations to student groups about tobacco free
• Over 500 petition signatures obtained
• Presentations to SPAC and EMSA Directors
• Meeting with President Haeger to discuss moving forward
with a tobacco free policy
Tobacco Free Nationwide
• Over 1,100 colleges and universities
nationwide have implemented either a
smoke free or tobacco free policy.
Tobacco Free Arizona
• ASU is tobacco free as of August 2013
• U of A’s Medical Campus is tobacco free
• Embry Riddle is tobacco free
• Maricopa County Community College is tobacco
free (all campuses)
Tobacco Free Nationally
• Montana State University is tobacco free
• 9 out of the 15 universities with highest number of
International Students are either smoke or
tobacco free
University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign
UCLA (all UC campuses)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
The Ohio State University
Tobacco Use at NAU
• Only 11.4% of NAU students reported smoking
cigarettes in the past 30 days.*
• While the perceived rate of cigarette use was 88.4%*
• Only 10.0% of NAU students reported smoking
tobacco from a water pipe (hookah) in the past 30
• While the perceived rate of hookah use was 85.9%.*
*Information and data obtained from the NCHA-II Web Spring 2013
Northern Arizona University Executive Data Summary Report
Fall 2012 Survey
• Survey conducted in Fall 2012
Sent to all students via ASNAU email
Sent to all faculty and staff via Employee Wellness email
• 484 total respondents
• 241 Students
• 242 Faculty/Staff
• 1 Visitor
• SHAC decided to pursue a tobacco free policy based on
the feedback from the survey
Tobacco Free NAU
• Tobacco continues to be the #1 preventable cause of
premature death in the US.*
• Tobacco is detrimental to overall health and can lead to
cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease among
other serious illnesses.*
• Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000
chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 are known
to cause cancer.*
*Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
Secondhand Smoke
According to the US Surgeon
There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke;
even brief exposure can be harmful to health.*
Secondhand Smoke
• Concentrations of many cancer-causing and toxic
chemicals are higher in secondhand smoke than in
the smoke inhaled by smokers.*
• Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has
immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular
system and causes coronary heart disease and
lung cancer.*
*The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to
Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.
Tobacco Free NAU
Is second-hand smoke a concern or annoyance to you and
others on campus?
No Opinion
Tobacco Free NAU
Green NAU
• NAU takes pride in promoting a “green” campus to students,
faculty and staff at the University.
•It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered
worldwide every year, making cigarette butts the number
one littered item in America and the world.*
•Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow and can take
decades to degrade.*
• A tobacco free campus would continue the tradition of a green
campus and preserve the aesthetics of our campus.
Tobacco Free NAU
Do you think the Incorrect Disposal of Smoking Material
like Cigarette Butts are a Problem on Campus?
No Opinion
Tobacco Free NAU
Student Success
• Many employers are now screening applicants for tobacco
use and choosing to hire tobacco free employees, potentially
limiting job prospects for our graduates.
• The Affordable Care Act has a provision allowing health
insurance companies to charge up to 50% more for tobacco
Tobacco Free NAU
A Tobacco Free Policy would:
• Protect the 88.6% of NAU students who DO
NOT use tobacco from the harms of
secondhand smoke
• Continue to promote and support a Green
NAU by eliminating toxins in the soil and
remove litter associated with tobacco use
• Graduate students who can competitively enter
the work force
Proposed Policy Draft
A tobacco free campus policy at Northern Arizona University
• Provide a healthy and safe learning and working
environment free from tobacco and second-hand smoke
• Protect the natural environment by reducing air pollution
and litter associated with tobacco use
Proposed Policy Draft
Policy: Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff Campus is a tobacco free
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including those not approved
by the FDA for cessation, is prohibited at all facilities and in vehicles owned
operated or leased by Northern Arizona University on the Flagstaff campus.
This includes, but is not limited to, the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes,
hookah, e-hookah, chew, snuff, cigars, pipes, etc.
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products shall not be permitted in any
enclosed space located on the Flagstaff campus.
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products shall not be allowed outdoors
on all NAU Flagstaff campus properties including parking lots and athletic
This policy applies to all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to
the Flagstaff campus of NAU, regardless of the purpose for the visit.
Compliance Language Draft
Social Enforcement
All members of the University community will share
the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the
The majority of other tobacco free policies reviewed
by SHAC have been successful using social
Implementation Phase 1
Education & Cessation Promotion:
November 2013 – May 2014
• Press release through the Office of Public Affairs
• Educational presentations by SHAC and CHS staff
• Create the Tobacco Free NAU Website with policy
information, cessation information, resources
• Launch “Let’s Clear the Air” media campaign
• Events sponsored by SHAC, County Health District and
Health Promotions to distribute policy information and
cessation materials
• Offer free Fresh Start cessation classes for students,
faculty and staff
• Enlist Medical and Counseling services to help promote
the policy and cessation referrals during regular visits
Implementation Phase 2
Awareness & Preparation:
January 2014 – May 2014
• Continue to promote cessation services for students and staff
• Create a countdown mechanism to be publically displayed
• Work with facilities and grounds to plan for removal of cigarette
• Create and display signage about ashtray removal
• Educate students and staff about how to respectfully assist with
• Distribute SMOKE cards to staff and students
• Order smoke free campus signage to be displayed when the policy
is active
• Policy to be distributed to all incoming students through email
and during orientation
• Create map indicating tobacco free zones
Implementation Phase 3
Implement Policy:
August 2014
• Policy announcement to be made publicly
• Smoke free campus signage to be widely displayed
across campus
• Complete removal of all ashtrays and cigarette disposals
• Continue to educate students on SMOKE acronym
SHAC’s Goal
SHAC would like to see a tobacco free
policy for NAU fully implemented in
Fall 2014.
We are not:
1. Suggesting that students or staff must stop using
We do:
1. Respect individual rights to use tobacco off campus
2. Recognize how difficult it is to quit tobacco use
3. Want to help create a campus that fosters health
and wellness
• Thank you!
• Questions?

Student Health Advisory Committee Tobacco Initiative