In summer 2011 President Ambrose appointed a Tobacco Policy Committee to evaluate the how effective the existing policy was in achieving its stated purpose of “promoting the health of the university community, preserving and protecting university property, providing a clean and safe environment in which to study, work and learn.” This committee included staff, faculty and students representing the various segments of the UCM community and included smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers/tobacco users.
Between August 2011 and June 2012, the committee:
- surveyed 1,983 students, faculty and staff to solicit their opinions about the current policy
- considered the environmental, economic and health impacts of tobacco use at the local, state and national level
- evaluated the effectiveness of designated smoking areas at UCM and at other institutions
- calculated the staff time required to clean tobacco refuse on campus
- researched state and national tobacco policy trends for universities and other businesses
- accessed the American College Health Association’s guidelines for tobacco on college campuses
- contacted multiple campuses regarding the effectiveness of their tobacco policies and to discuss lessons learned
- learned about effective strategies for enforcing tobacco policy
- reviewed UCM’s tobacco cessation opportunities to ensure alignment with US Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Treatment Guidelines
- consulted with experts in college-level tobacco-free policy implementation
The committee utilized a voting process to move forward with each stage of their research. Based on the overall findings, in September 2012 the UCM tobacco policy committee recommended to the Strategic Leadership Team that UCM become a 100% tobacco free campus, indoors and out. President Ambrose submitted a briefing paper about the proposed revisions to the Board of Governors in October 2012. The Board approved the revisions that same month.