Wright State University Tobacco Policy Task Force

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Wright State University
Tobacco Policy Task Force
An evaluation of the consequences of implementing a
tobacco free university policy
Task Force Efforts
Spring 2013
• Developed a tobacco free policy recommendation including
next steps
• Recommendation based on:
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Ohio Board of Regents
Trends of other campuses
Faculty, staff, students input
Ohio’s College and University Tobacco Use Policy Action Kit (ODH
and OESC)
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Task Force Efforts
Winter 2014
• Evaluated intended and unintended consequences of tobacco free
policy implementation
• Utilized WSU Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA)
• Mission: to analyze information to help our public and nonprofit
sector clients improve operations or create new programs and
policies. Our analysis makes Ohio's communities safer, healthier,
more prosperous and inclusive.
• Recent CUPA Clients
• Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County
• Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
• Ohio Board of Regents
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CUPA Scope of Work
• Identify benchmark criteria for selecting universities to study
• Identify peer schools that have been tobacco free for 3 + years
• Analyze data from universities, their websites, and perform
interviews to determine the impact of tobacco free policies
• Report findings
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Benchmark Criteria
• Enrollment size, including international student enrollment
• Spatial layout of campus
• Commuter status
• Tobacco use in the state
• Public institution
• At least two Ohio public institutions
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Schools Evaluated
• Choose six schools
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Miami University – Tobacco free August 2008
University Toledo – Tobacco free August 2011 (UT Health Center)
Washington University St. Louis – Tobacco free July 2010
Tennessee Tech – Tobacco free January 2010
IUPUI – Tobacco free August 2006
University North Dakota – Tobacco free October 2007
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Intended/Unintended Consequences
• Interviews queried university personnel about:
• Impact on student, faculty, staff recruitment, retention, and
enrollment, including international students
• Number/type of employee grievances
• Impact on general physical environment
• Impact on wellness and/or health care
• Other impacts
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Recruitment, Retention, Enrollment
• Based on:
• Enrollment data before and after policy implementation
• Interviews with student affairs, international program offices,
admissions, human resources
Had no impact on student, faculty, or staff recruitment, retention,
or enrollment, including international students
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Faculty/Staff Grievances
• No reports of faculty or staff collective bargaining unit grievances
• Some general push back and ignoring of policy reported
• In general, has caused minimal issues among the university
communities
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Physical Environment
• Little data or subjective info to suggest improved physical
environment or reduction in tobacco related litter
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Wellness and Healthcare
• All universities implemented tobacco use cessation programs
• Noted as a key to success
• 12 year study of pre and post policy implementation showed
reduced use of tobacco by students at UND.
• “used tobacco in the last 30 days?”
2000 – 32.6% yes
2012 – 11.5% yes
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CUPA Study Results (cont.)
Advice to WSU
• Leadership Involvement
• Very Important, must be visible and unwavering
• Enforcement
• Handle like other university policies
• Boundaries
• Commitment of Resources
• Decision making process
• Promote, signage, cessation program
• Budget
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Other Considerations
• Addresses April 2013 Faculty Senate request
• Consistent with WSU Wellness Initiative
• Compatible with Campus desires
• Preparing students for the future
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