195300 Smoke-free college campuses: A local and statewide perspective phase 2

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:48 AM

Kathleen Young, PhD, MPH(c) , Department of Health Sciences, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH , California Youth Advocacy Network, Sacramento, CA
In 1998, young adult smoking rates exceeded the rates of all age groups. In response to this troubling trend, public health professionals began working with college campuses to decrease tobacco use among the college population. Policy advocacy efforts have been focused on a wide variety of initiatives such as completely smoke-free campuses, the sale of tobacco products on campus, elimination of tobacco industry sponsorship, product promotion at fraternities and sororities, and tobacco industry funded research.

The California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN), a statewide project-funded through the California Department of Public Health, has been working with college campuses for 10+ years on tobacco-free policy adoption. In 2007, CYAN partnered with students and public health advocates at California State University Northridge (CSUN) who began mobilizing their community and administration to adopt a completely smoke-free campus policy. The policy campaign at CSUN was developed at a grassroots level and started off by conducting campus assessments, creating smoke-free policy-task forces, and working with campus decision makers to adopt, implement, and enforce tobacco-free policies that will decrease tobacco use among students, faculty, and staff.

This presentation will highlight the first and second phases of the CSUN project which began in 2007. Presenters will provide an overview of tobacco related problems on campus and will give specific examples from CSUN and other California college on how advocates have utilized policy advocacy strategies to decrease tobacco use in college communities.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session participants will be able to: 1. Describe the three phases of a tobacco-free policy: adoption, implementation, and enforcement/compliance. 2. Identify effective strategies for advocating for policy change on a college campus. 3. Develop new strategies for increasing student, faculty and staff support of tobacco-related policies.

Keywords: Advocacy, Tobacco Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Masters in Public Health, 8+ years experience in tobacco control
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.