247237 Advocating for safe and healthful campus environments through tobacco free policy adoption: A local and statewide perspective

Monday, October 31, 2011

Kathleen Young, MPH, PhD, MS , Department of Health Sciences/MPH/Health Education Programs, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Kim Vagadori, MPH , Executive Director, California Youth Advocacy Network, Sacramento, CA
Charleen Mikail, BS , CSU, Northridge: Campus Organized & Unified for Good Health (COUGH-N), California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Marleni DePhilippis, BS , Department of Health Sciences: COUGH-Northridge, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, 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 2008, 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 initiated & developed at a grassroots level and began by conducting campus policy assessments, creating a student-led tobacco task force, and working with campus decision makers to recommend more stringent compliance and enforcement of tobacco-free policies that will decrease second hand smoke exposure(s) among students, faculty, and staff. This presentation will highlight the fourth phase of the CSUN project which began in 2008. Presenters will provide an overview of tobacco related problems on campus and will provide information and strategies utilized at CSUN and other California colleges on how advocates have utilized policy advocacy strategies to decrease tobacco use in college communities.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

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: I am the coordinator of this program.
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.