University of Missouri

47-09: A Resolution for a Stronger Policy on Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

PURPOSE: For the University of Missouri-Columbia to create a policy to prohibit smoking in all university affiliated buildings and at all university sponsored events (indoor and outdoor), inform the entire campus and clearly identify tobacco-free areas with signs, provide free, accessible tobacco education and cessation services on campus, and prohibit sale, free distribution, and advertising of tobacco products on campus.

 

WHEREAS, The four core values of the University of Missouri-Columbia are: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence, and

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri Board of Curators said, “These statements are mere words until we integrate them as values in our individual lives and reflect them in our institutional policies and practices,” and

WHEREAS, The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report shows the irrefutable harmful effects of smoke and secondhand smoke, and

WHEREAS, Scientific evidence indicates there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and

WHEREAS, Eliminating smoking in indoor and outdoor spaces fully protects nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and

WHEREAS, Business Policy and Procedure, Chapter 1, Section 1:160 states: “If possible each building should have at least one designated smoking area. Smoking is allowed in enclosed private and semi-private offices as long as nonsmokers are not affected by the side-stream smoke. Portions of dining halls, snack bars, cafeterias and residence hall lounges may be designated as smoking areas,” and

WHEREAS, The M-Book states, “Because smoking is a potential health and fire hazard, it shall be restricted in order to create and maintain an environment that is in the best interest of the safety, health and well-being of all users of University buildings. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings owned and, operated or leased by the University of Missouri-Columbia,” and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Deaton asked Vice Chancellor Jackie Jones to oversee a smoking policy task force to consider/discuss the discrepancies between the indoor and outdoor tobacco policies in the Business Policy and Procedure and the M-Book, and

WHEREAS, According to a Fall 2006 Wellness Survey, 92.5% of students do not smoke on a daily basis and 72.1% do not smoke at all, 65% of students who do smoke want to quit and 57% have tried to quit, and 48% of students who smoke began smoking after entering college, and

WHEREAS, The continuing trend in cities, states and institutions for higher education is proactively passing policy to ensure the safety and respect of students, and

WHEREAS, Indoor smoking is prohibited in seven of nine Missouri schools, six of the 11 Big XII schools, and 13 of 18 peer schools, and

WHEREAS, Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, University of Arkansas, University of Iowa, and University of North Dakota, all relative to the University of Missouri-Columbia have taken the initiative to review weak policies to introduce more comprehensive ones, and

WHEREAS, According to a CASE 2006 Spring Email Survey, 61% of students and 53% of faculty would support a policy at MU that stated there is no smoking in all campus buildings nor outside on campus grounds, and

WHEREAS, A tobacco-free environment supports healthy choices and embodies the University’s core values, and

WHEREAS, Without thoughtful consideration of the recommended policy conditions, the University risks enacting in an ineffective policy that will require reevaluation in a brief period of time, and

WHEREAS, As an effort to remain on the forefront amongst universities across the country, the University of Missouri-Columbia must adopt such policies as a means for supporting its values.

THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Missouri Students Association Senate that in order to promote a healthy, safe campus, the following recommendations are suggested using evidence and researched based principles developed from the expertise of the American College Health Association & Healthy Campus 2010, American Cancer Society, and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.

a. Prohibit smoking in all university affiliated buildings and at all university sponsored events (indoor and outdoor)

b. Inform the entire campus and clearly identify tobacco-free areas with signsc.

c. Provide free, accessible tobacco education and cessation services on campus

d. Prohibit sale, free distribution, and advertising of tobacco products on campus.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Traci Harr

PASS President

 

 

Rachel Anderson

MSA President

 

Jonathan Mays

MSA Senate Speaker