Young people are particularly vulnerable to Tobacco advertising and nicotine addiction. The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by the age of 18 and 99% first tried smoking by age 26. Young adults age 18-25 have the highest smoking rate of any age group (US Department of Health & Human Services-USDHHS, 2012).
In the US, as of April 1, 2018, there are at least 2, 164 100% smokeless campuses, of these 1,805 are 100% tobacco free and 1,741 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on campus.
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The policy is in support of the University’s Strategic Plan, specifically action step 4d, which is the commitment to holistic wellness.
The primary purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines prohibiting smoking and the use of all tobacco products at the University. The University expects all faculty, staff, and students, employees of contractors and subcontractors, and visitors to comply with this policy. As of August 1, 2017, the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited on university property. This policy applies to all indoor areas including residence halls and administrative buildings, outdoor areas including playing fields, parking lots, streets and sidewalks, walking trails, vehicles and construction sites.
The tobacco prohibition includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any other products usually identified with tobacco use. The use of tobacco products involves the smoking, dipping, chewing, or any other method of ingesting the chemicals contained in tobacco products. This prohibition includes e-cigarettes and vaping.
Trinity cooperation in the implementation and enforcement of this policy is essential for a successful Tobacco-Free Campus. We all share the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy. Violations of this policy will be treated in accordance with general campus disciplinary procedures.
Contact khewitt [at] trinity.edu (Wellness ) or Health Services to schedule a quit plan consultation and receive a complimentary quit kit. Health Services may be able to offer Nicotine replacement therapy for those who qualify. We suggest you should also meet with one of our University Physicians or see your personal health care provider to discuss your options.
Research has shown a strong majority of students, faculty, and staff prefer smoke- or tobacco-free policies. For example, a random sample of 400 Trinity students were surveyed in January 2017 about Fall semester 2016:
-85% never smoked tobacco.
-97% never used smokeless tobacco.
-88% never used e-cigarettes or vaporizers.
Students understand secondhand smoke is a health hazard. That’s why most students don’t smoke and the majority of those who do have considered or tried to quit in the past year.