Appendix E

10/17/17

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY BENEFITS

The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan

(Advisory/Consultative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the President

Introduction and Rationale

Penn State has been engaged in examination of the issue of smoking on campus since 1982 when the first smoking policy and guideline was created. In 1992, that policy was revised to make smoking prohibited in any living spaces in the University and in 2003, areas adjacent to facilities were included in that prohibition. In 2015, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) surveyed the University Park student body to gauge student opinion on making Penn State a smoke free university. With a 24.8% response rate, only 9% of the respondents were smokers. Forty-five percent of all respondents felt that Penn State should adopt a policy that enforced a smoke free campus. Further research done by UPUA identified that only 4 out of the 13 Big 10 Academic Alliance (BTAA) Universities did not have a smoking or tobacco prohibition on campus. The trend toward a smoke free and tobacco free university of our BTAA colleagues and the strong push for further examination of this issue from both the UPUA and the University Faculty Senate is supported by the literature. The following studies provide the empirical evidence for the recommendations to make Penn State a smoke free and tobacco free university.

Recommendation

Recognizing the link between health hazards and the use of tobacco and smoking products for both the smoker and those exposed to second hand smoke and the environmental impact of smoking, it is recommended that Penn State University be smoke free and tobacco free in its entirety.

The Senate recommends that the administration move to incrementally adopt a smoke free, tobacco free policy, and all recommendations as outlined in the aforementioned report by the Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force for all 24 Penn State campuses.

View The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan (http://www.psu.edu/ur/newsdocuments/SFTF_Report.pdf)

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY BENEFITS

  • Mary Beahm
  • Renee Borromeo
  • Lonnie Golden
  • Galen A. Grimes, Chair
  • Mark Horn
  • Peter Jurs
  • Cassandra Kitko
  • John Liechty
  • Kathleen Noce
  • David Post
  • Ira Saltz
  • Geoff Scott
  • Erica Smithwick, Vice Chair
  • Gregory Stoner
  • William Wenner