University of Nevada, Reno
Tobacco Free Campus Policy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This FAQ will help you better understand the meaning of a Tobacco Free Campus and what it will look like for the University of Nevada, Reno. As we move forward, some questions are still unanswered. The university will welcome input during this year of preparation as we become a Tobacco Free Campus. Thank you for your support and engagement in this process.
Why is the University of Nevada, Reno concerned about tobacco?
In a nutshell, because we care about your health!
The University of Nevada, Reno has a responsibility to its students and employees to provide a safe and healthful learning environment. Research findings show that tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke constitute a significant health hazard. In addition to its direct impact on the health of a community, tobacco use contributes to college costs in other ways, absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance. The university is making strides to provide policy, education, and programs to improve health.
Tobacco free policies can have a positive impact in reducing adverse impacts from tobacco use. According to recent research, the following benefits have been attributed to the implementation of tobacco-free policies:
- Decrease smoking initiation among young adults
- Decrease progression to established smoking
- Increase the probability of young adult smoking cessation
- Promote a tobacco free norm which can influence adult smoking behavior
- Lead to less smoking among adults in the workplace
- Employees in workplaces with tobacco-free policies are almost twice as likely to stop using tobacco as those who work where tobacco use is allowed
Other benefits of a tobacco free policy include a reduction in fire hazards, cleaner grounds, cost savings in grounds maintenance, and clean air that supports our university’s sustainability efforts.
Why should universities be tobacco free?
In growing numbers, worksites, restaurants, public buildings, shopping malls, healthcare and transportation facilities are 100% tobacco-free. The University of Nevada, Reno will join the ranks of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities that have adopted a Tobacco Free or Smoke Free Policy. Colleges are invested, not only in academic achievement, but also in developing life skills that will promote individual and community wellness. Good health is as important as academic skills in future growth and success.
Colleges are also the hub of medical, behavioral, and social research. Much of this research is aimed at improving health and health behaviors. The University of Nevada, Reno is providing education to the future public health and healthcare workforce. It is important that the university compliment these research and educational efforts with policy that reflects similar values.
Will the Tobacco Free Policy include all tobacco products?
Yes, the policy will apply to all tobacco products. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived products, including, but not limited to; cigarettes, cigars, hookah-smoked products, spit and smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff, snus, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, cigarillos, and E-cigarettes.
Does the policy apply to everyone on campus?
This policy shall apply to the entire campus which is defined by all campus grounds and the individuals on that property; including students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors.
When will the policy go into effect?
The policy is scheduled to be effective August 2015 (tentative – pending). During this upcoming year the University will develop an implementation plan and build resources for individuals who may choose to quit using tobacco products.
Why is the University of Nevada, Reno taking away my rights?
The University is not taking away your right to use tobacco. The University is not requiring you to quit using tobacco. You may continue with your choice to use tobacco while not on campus. We will support and encourage those who do commit to a tobacco free lifestyle and we will ask for everyone’s respect of the policy.
Will this affect many University of Nevada, Reno Students?
We will respect all individuals in this process, both non-tobacco users and tobacco users. We understand this policy will be a challenge for some individuals and we want to help. The reality is that most University of Nevada, Reno students do not smoke or use tobacco. The University conducts a large survey of our students called the National College Health Assessment. Our students consistently report low tobacco use rates. Over 85% of our students are already smoke and tobacco free.
Will there be cessation programs available for students, faculty and staff?
The university acknowledges this is a big change for tobacco users on campus. While the institution is enthusiastic about taking another step toward promoting a healthy environment for those who work, study, and visit here, we also are mindful of the members of our community who will be personally challenged by this policy. That is why the university has increased its commitment to faculty, staff, and students who want to quit. The following is a list of current cessation resources; however, we plan to build addition resources this year:
For students, faculty and staff:
Nevada Tobacco Users Help Line 1-800-784-8669
American Lung Association www.lung.org
Become an Ex www.becomeanex.org
For information on Tobacco Cessation you can contact the Student Health Center at 784-6598
For faculty and staff:
The Public Employee Benefits Program, through its Wellness Benefit, covers different options for cessation. For more information, please call the Public Health Employee Benefits Program at 775-684-7000 or 800-326-5496, or visit their website.
Who will enforce this policy?
It is the responsibility of all members of the university to adhere to this policy. It is expected that students, faculty, staff, university affiliates, contractors and visitors to campus comply with this policy. Members of the university community are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and encourage compliance.
Adoption of this policy requires the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the University of Nevada, Reno community. The foundation of enforcement will be education and awareness.
If someone is seen using tobacco on university property, any individual may inform the tobacco user of this policy and request that he/she comply. If the individual does not comply, details of the policy violation can be channeled through the appropriate department. Details of enforcement will be developed in this current year of planning.