Adopting a New Tobacco-Free Policy
As of April 2018, 2,164 colleges and universities in the United States have adopted 100% smoke-free policies. Of these, 1,805 are 100% tobacco-free. A growing number of these schools are also adopting or amending policies to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes. In California, 85 public colleges and universities are 100% smoke or tobacco-free. Of these, 73 campuses are 100% smoke/tobacco-free including e-cigarettes. Policy adoption can happen in all kinds of different ways, but in our experience there are two common paths to policy adoption, establishing a taskforce, or going through the shared governance process
We Recommend Establishing a Taskforce
Establishing a taskforce is essentially bringing all of the decision-makers that are a part of the shared governance into one group and holding regular meetings on this one topic. Taskforces can be especially helpful when the President of the campus appoints the taskforce and ensures representation from each decision-making group on campus. Decision-makers on campus may include: Associated Student Government, Classified Senate (i.e. campus staff, Faculty Senate, Unions, and Administration (i.e. Student Services).