Student Opinion: Taking the Tobacco Policy to the President
By Dereck Dew
February 18, 2013
At their October 16, 2012, meeting, the Governance Advisory Council recommended a new policy banning the use of tobacco products on the campus of Missouri Western State University. I signed the policy October 23, 2012. The new policy is below. The target date for implementation of the new policy is July 1, 2013.
Missouri Western seeks to maintain a safe and healthy environment for its students, employees and visitors. Research findings show tobacco use in general, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke as well as smokeless tobacco use, results in a significant health hazard.
In April, the Board of Governors approved a resolution supporting the pursuit of a policy establishing Missouri Western as a tobacco-free campus. Since then, the Office of Human Resources and the Campus Wellness Committee have received support from the Student Government Association, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate.
A Tobacco Policy Task Committee will be appointed to oversee the implementation of the policy. They will develop and promote informational resources to better educate the campus about the policy, coordinate all appropriate signage, oversee the removal of smoking receptacles, and take any other steps necessary to fully implement the policy as quickly as possible. The committee will continue to keep the campus informed about its progress in implementing the policy.
I’m pleased that we are a community leader in the effort to provide a healthy tobacco-free environment, and appreciate your cooperation as the policy is implemented. To continue to promote the health and well-being of all in the university community, cessation resources will continue to be made available, given available grant funds. These resources can be found through the Division of Student Affairs, Human Resources, or the Esry Health Center.
Bob Vartabedian, President