257498 Novel collaborative approach to tobacco policy at a graduate university

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

David Lash, MPH, PharmDc 2014 , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Annette Aalborg, DrPH , College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Background: Touro University, California (TUCA) needed to establish a tobacco-smoking policy for its campus. Workplace tobacco policies have shown to increase tobacco cessation, but there is little guidance for developing such policies. University tobacco policies predominantly target students and do not account for the entire campus community.

Methods: A workgroup of students, faculty, and staff, including tobacco users and non-users, was assembled to formulate a tobacco policy for the TUCA campus. A survey measuring attitudes and behaviors of tobacco smoking was adopted from validated surveys to aid policy construction. All TUCA faculty, staff, and first year Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant students were administered surveys. A total of 213 (74.7%) student, 75 (74.3%) faculty, and 66 (72.5%) staff surveys were completed and included in analysis.

Results: Smoking rates were lower for students (8%) and faculty (5%) as compared to staff (21%). Students and faculty were more likely to support a smoking ban and reported being bothered by cigarettes more often than staff. There was universal support for increasing smoking cessation program availability. Survey results were utilized to develop a smoking policy proposal resulting in TUCA becoming a smoke-free campus.

Conclusion: It is expected that by including everyone in the decision process, both by representation in the workgroup and survey, that the TUCA community will view the adopted policy favorably. This project has the capability to show that efforts to engage the entire campus in policy collaboration will result in increased tobacco cessation, and tobacco awareness on TUCA campus.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the methods used to develop a cigarette smoking policy for Touro University California. Identify the different subpopulations that were evaluated and surveyed. Compare the rates of cigarette smoking across these populations. Describe differences in attitudes concerning cigarette smoking on campus between these populations.S

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator on this project as part of my MPH Capstone project. I have received my MPH and am a current Doctor of Pharmacy candidate. I have been principal or co-investogator on several other studies locally and internationally, and I have presented some of that work at State and National level conferences.
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.