"Gallaudet has revised its smoking policy, effective October 3rd. In the next few weeks you will receive information on the location of designated smoking areas and smoking cessation classes.As of October 3, smoking will only be allowed in marked, designated areas. Smoking will not be allowed in any campus building, at the entrance of any campus building, or while walking on campus. Enforcement of the policy will depend on the cooperation of all faculty, teachers, staff and students, not only to comply with the policy to also to encourage others to comply in order to provide a healthy environment in which to work, study and live."
Monday, September 5, 2011
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This is one example of the countless maps, lists and data on smoke-free laws in the USA. Do you live in a state that protects your lungs?
Click here to go to the full list of maps, graphs and numerical data regarding smoke-free laws.
Click here for a partial list of U.S. colleges and universities that have enacted 100% smokefree campus policies. There are now at least 394 100% smokefree campuses with no exemptions. Residential housing facilities are included, where they exist.
Continued on the same document is a partial list of U.S. colleges and universities that have enacted 100% smokefree campus policies. There are now at least 80 100% smokefree campuses with minor exemptions for remote outdoor areas. Residential housing facilities are included, where they exist.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Released September 2009
The American College Health Association (ACHA) acknowledges and supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and/or passive, is a significant health hazard. ACHA further recognizes that environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a Class-A carcinogen and that there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), a recognized toxic air contaminant. In light of these health risks, ACHA has adopted a NO TOBACCO USE policy and encourages colleges and universities to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.
For the full PDF document, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic copy.
Friday, October 16, 2009
BERKELEY, CA - A major report released today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concludes that smokefree laws reduce heart attacks. After one year of thorough and rigorous review by experts in public health and cardiovascular disease, this report, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence, affirms studies from around the world which reported dramatic reductions (ranging from 6%-47%) in heart attacks once smokefree laws are in place.
Secondhand smoke exposure alone is estimated to cause between 38,100 and 128,900 heart attacks each year ("Coronary heart disease attributable to passive smoking: CHD policy model," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 36(1): 13-20, January 2009).
"This report confirms the research from around the world on the immediate and powerful impact of strong, 100% smokefree regulations. Bottom line: Smokefree laws save lives - not in the distant future, but within the first year of enactment," said Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, "There are no more excuses for leaving any workers behind. It's time to close the gaps in smokefree protections because all workers deserve protection from toxic secondhand smoke."
The Study that Sparked the Discussion
The first study to find dramatic declines in heart attack rates was conducted in Helena, Montana. Study authors, Dr. Richard Sargent and Dr. Robert Shepard measured numbers of heart attacks before and after a local smokefree workplace law took effect. Helena's smokefree law was put in place for several months, and then suspended. This gave the doctors an opportunity to measure heart attack rates before the law took effect, while workplaces were smokefree, and then, when workplaces were again filled with smoke. What they found sent a shockwave through the medical community.
In Helena, heart attack rates dropped by 40% while the smokefree law was in place, but increased again once smoking was allowed back in workplaces. The study gained worldwide attention and results were replicated in cities and states worldwide. Based on the results from the Helena study and others, the Centers for Disease Control issued a warning that people at risk of heart disease should avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
The Protected vs. the Unprotected
While 19 states have strong smokefree laws covering all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, nearly 59% of the US population still remains unprotected by a law covering all these venues.
Additional states have laws in place that do only half the job, and leave certain workers exposed and at risk. Nevada's law, for example, exempts casino floors which leaves casino workers exposed to some of the highest reported levels of secondhand smoke. "Why are casino workers left out of the law?" asks Terrie Price, a former Vegas casino worker fired from her job after complaining about the smoke. "Casino workers deserve smokefree air too. The air in casinos is toxic and now we know it's leading to heart attacks. It makes no sense to put casino workers and gamblers at such high risk", Price added.
The IOM study released today reaffirms that 360 cities and 19 states have already done the right thing by passing strong laws to make all workplaces and public places 100% smokefree. Eliminating secondhand smoke exposure not only reduces heart attacks, but leads to reduced risks of asthma, other lung disease, and cancers. According to Hallett, "Passing a smokefree law with no exemptions may be the single greatest way to prevent heart attacks and improve health. What are you waiting for?"
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
More and more public and private universities are now going smoke-free to protect the health of it's more vulnerable employees, students and visitors. Do you support the transition of Gallaudet from a smoking campus to a smoke-free campus?Since the entire forum was in American Sign Language, the students e-mailed SFG committee their answers in print English.
Dr. Stephen F. Weiner
Dr. Roslyn Rosen
Dr. Ronald J. Stern
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Recap of all votes:Faculty Senate: 12-0Graduate Student Association: 9 -0Staff Academic Council: 8-1Student Congress (undergraduates): 23 - 1
Friday, April 10, 2009
Administration and Supervision,Counseling,Education,
Educational Foundations and Research,
Hearing, Speech & Language Sciences,Interpretation,Linguistics,Psychology, andSocial Work
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We, members of the Staff Academic Council, move to have Gallaudet join with other universities involved in the DC Tobacco Free Campus consortium (DCTFC) to support the transition of Gallaudet University from being a smoking campus to becoming a 100% smoke-free campus (excluding the Kellogg Conference Hotel).
Monday, March 23, 2009
Smoking is not permitted in any University or Clerc Center building or in any University owned vehicle. Smoking is permitted on the campus grounds in areas designated as smoking permitted and where receptacles are placed. There are no smoking breaks. At all times, the right of the non-smoker to protect his/her health and comfort takes precedence over another person's right to smoke.
Violations of this policy by employees should be reported to the appropriate unit administrator. Violations of this policy by students should be reported to the appropriate student life administrator.
For the full document, click here to go to the Administrations & Operations Manual Section 1.07 on Smoking
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Kick Butts Day celebration will be held at the JSAC G-Area, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It's time to kick those cigarette butts out!
The mission of Smoke-Free at Gallaudet is to encourage a positive health environment for everyone. We will strive to achieve this mission by:
- Convincing members of the university community that tobacco poses a serious health hazard for both smokers and non-smokers.
- Preventing future generations of Gallaudet University students, faculty, and staff from becoming addicted to nicotine.
- Helping current smokers who have decided to quit, and giving them the tools to enable them to stop smoking.
- Throughout the year, the Student Health Service holds various smoke-free awareness events.
- Quit kits
- Fact sheets
- Promotional items designed to help smokers quit
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I am pleased to report that yesterday’s meeting was a very productive as we continue to make great strides toward going tobacco free campus together. Thank you to Georgetown University for hosting us. Yesterday, we welcomed our newest members to the consortium, Gallaudet University, whose members provided great information regarding their efforts to become a tobacco free campus. The Smokefree Gallaudet team has put together an impressive site, www.smokefreegallaudet.org. The website includes the latest news in tobacco use on campus, minutes from the DCTFC meetings, a PowerPoint presentation, letters to administrators, student polls, recent studies, and much more! If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out. It would be great if each college could have a blogsite for this initiative in the near future. Gallaudet has also secured the support of the Student Congress for a tobacco free campus policy and will now move on to the Faculty Senate!
During the meeting, we reviewed a draft of the petition language and decided this tool would be most useful when approaching student and faculty congress. We also decided to use Campuses for Clean Air’s idea to implement a postcard campaign on each campus that will include talking points and facts that will encourage support of a tobacco free campus policy.
*We also decided to change the DCTFC logo at least until we get the full support from our administrators.
The following action steps were identified and agreed upon by the meeting attendees:
- Each school must find out what the protocol is for using petitions on campus and whether a student’s ID# is required in addition to their signature
- Identify potential talking points to include on the post card (please bring 3-4 ideas)
- Bring ideas for the Tobacco Free Campus Consortium logo and name. One idea was to name the group “Campuses for Clean Air – Tobacco Free Inside and Out”)
- Create a timeline for going tobacco free campus – list ideas for activities, etc. to help change the social norm on campus
- Create a “pyramid” that includes the key groups and individuals (from most important to least) whose support is necessary in order to become a tobacco free campus.
- GW (Campuses for Clean Air) will email a copy of their postcard and talking points to ALADC.
- ALADC will set up a list-serv for the entire consortium to contact one another.
As always, we appreciate your commitment to your students and residents of the District of Columbia. If you have any questions, please contact me or Debra Annand at 202-546-5864.
American Lung Association of D.C.
530 7th Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"We, members of the Green Gallaudet organization, move to join with other universities involved in the DC Tobacco Free Campus consortium (DCTFC) to support the transition of Gallaudet University from being a smoking campus to becoming a 100% smoke-free campus (excluding the Kellogg Conference Hotel)."
Saturday, February 7, 2009
- Smoking kills more Americans every year than alcohol, illegal drugs, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire, and AIDS combined.
- Tobacco use accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths
- 50% of chronic tobacco users will suffer death or disability due to tobacco
- 85% of lung cancers – the leading cause of cancer death for men and women – are due to tobacco use
- One-third of all cancer deaths are due to tobacco.
- Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society.
GAINESVILLE, Georgia (CNN) -- When 19-year-old Reid Overton wants to smoke a cigarette on his college campus, he has to walk to a distant parking lot and get into his car, but he doesn't seem to mind. "Even as a smoker, I don't like to walk past a cloud of smoke," he says.
Overton is one of 5,300 students at Gainesville State College, an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia. A 4-year-old ban prohibits anyone from using tobacco products on campus, including students, faculty and visitors.
A smoke-free campus was the brainchild of longtime college president Martha Nesbitt, herself a former smoker. "It's just a healthier place to be," says Nesbitt, "because as you go in a building, you're not going to have to go through smoke. When you walk out, you don't see cigarette butts littered around. It's just a cleaner, healthier campus."
Nesbitt reports there haven't been any problems enforcing the ban. Signs are posted around campus, and the policy is prominently displayed on everything from the school Web site to admissions applications.
The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports nearly 60 college campuses around the United States have smoke-free policies that affect the entire campus.
Other schools have limited restrictions, banning smoking indoors in residential housing and student facilities. Nesbitt believes her college is one of the first to fully prohibit the use of tobacco products. Watch more on efforts to curb smoking on campus »
The American Cancer Society says the movement is catching on. "The trend toward a smoke-free country is going on everywhere," says Daniel Smith, president of the American Cancer Society Action Network. "I think college campuses are simply reflecting the same trend we're seeing in society."
For the rest of the article, click here.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 11:12 PM
To: Shawntay Warren (American Lung Association DC chapter coordinator)
Subject: RE: DC Tobacco Free Campus Consortium
Hi Shawntay. Glad to hear that the consortium is continuing to discuss action steps. With regard to enforcement, we initially thought that all three campuses would use temporary, healthy campus advocates to walk around and inform the campus community about the policy and then to "write up" those who they saw smoking after the first couple of weeks of the semester. In reality, just the Rockville campus with a campus population of 16,000 used them. There was only one employee who they saw smoking and reported. Employee reports go to their supervisor who is expected to follow employee disciplinary protocols of meeting with the employee and giving an oral warning. If the behavior continues there is a written reprimand, suspection and even termination. After the dean spoke with this person and let the person know that discipline could lead to termination, the person said it wouldn't happen again. No one has seen the person smoking in the open. Students are reported to the dean of student development who follows the Student Code of Conduct for disciplinary problems. There is community service on the campus including clean-ups for the first infraction. More stringent consequences for subsequent violations. About 100 students were cited on our campus. You may want to speak with Dean Monica Brown or Associate Dean Helen Brewer for more specifics.
We are spending our time dealing with our neighbors on the other side of an open fence. Eight neighbors came to speak during comments at our Board of Trustee meeting last week. Most want a closed fence. We want a fence but have to work through some issues with the City of Rockville. We have been telling people that if they wish to smoke they need to go to sidewalks off campus, outside of the residential areas around the campus (2 sides of the campus).
Even as we deal with the students who go into the neighborhood to smoke and engage in disturbing behaviors, we hear from faculty, staff and students about those who have quit or cut back on their smoking. It's important to keep a vision of the goal. Someday this will be a non
issue for all of us when society catches up.
Judy E. Ackerman, Ph.D.
Vice President and Provost
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I would like to thank you all for attending last night’s meeting. We accomplished a lot as we put together our strategy to go tobacco free campus. I especially want to thank Jean Toth of Catholic University for providing that wonderful meeting space. As promised, I have attached a copy of the workplan we discussed yesterday, which includes the action steps that were developed at the meeting. I included additional spaces on the workplan for you to fill in additional steps. Please be prepared to share any updates with the group at the next meeting.
I am also sending the list of churches that are a part of the DC Tobacco Free Holy Grounds (DCTFHG) initiative. Along with that, I have attached the summary of the initiative for your perusal. Feel free to send to the members of the churches we discussed yesterday. For many of you, having those churches join DCTFHG will make it much easier to get your campus to go tobacco free. The contact information for Bishop Wallace, who is the lead on that initiative, can be found in the document. In the coming weeks, I will develop a template letter and petition document for each of you to tailor according to the needs of your campuses, but I strongly urge you all to begin working on some of those other actions steps prior to our next meeting.
The next DCTFC consortium meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25th at Georgetown University from 3:30-5pm. Following this email, I will send you an Outlook invitation so it will be saved to your calendars. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Debra Annand any time. Debra’s email address is email@example.com. Again, thank you for your time and commitment. See you all next month!
American Lung Association of D.C.
DC Tobacco Free Families Campaign
530 7th Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Coordinating the meeting: Gwendolyn Francavillo, Health and Wellness Coordinator
Shawntay Warren, Communications Coordinator, American Lung Association of DC
Gary Aller, Executive Director, Business Operations
Raychelle Harris, Faculty, Department of Interpretation
Raylene Paludneviciene, Faculty, Department of Psychology
Shawntay brought us up to speed about her initiative in connecting all DC colleges and universities and to make the transition to a smoke-free campus simultaneously. The rationale behind this is the number one concern of nearly all college administrators is the potentially negative impact on enrollment. Having all campuses in one same location turn 100% smoke-free would possibly negate the enrollment concern of many administrators. In her experience working with other colleges and universities, Shawntay reassured us that enrollment is never impacted, in fact, many parents find sending their child to a smoke-free university a nice bonus. Students choose colleges & universities based on what they provide, not whether if they are smoke-free or not. Regardless, a consortium of DC colleges & universities was established in December 2008. Gallaudet was unable to send a representative then, but hopes to do so at the next meeting of DC Tobacco-Free Campus consortium (DCTFC) on February 25th.
Shawntay shared one constant strategy of successful smoke-free campus movements is the power of students. Garner support through students first, then faculty then staff then ultimately address the administration.
Some of the things discussed during the meeting:
- Having data/stats to back up our movement (e.g. % of students, faculty and staff in support of this movement, % of who actually smoke, % who would want free smoking cessation support/programs, etc.)
- Getting DC Youth Environment Alliance on board: http://dcyea.org/
- Finding a staff representative
- Service Learning opportunity for GSR courses
- Green Gallaudet student organization being responsible for making a proposal for Student Congress passage on making Gallaudet 100% smoke-free.
- Then making a similar proposal at the University Faculty Senate.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Clear Indoor Air Act, passed this summer and effective as of September 11, defines the public places in which the smoking ban applies as “an enclosed area which serves as a workplace, commercial establishment or an area where the public is invited or permitted.” The day before the state law took effect, the state system informed its almost 110,000 students and 12,000 employees via e-mail that — under its generous interpretation of the law — smoking would be banned absolutely everywhere on the state-owned campuses, including courtyards, parking lots and athletic fields.
The law charges the state Department of Health with enforcement. Garland said, however, that the exact details of how the ban should be enforced on the system’s 14 campuses were still being determined. Although the law outlines multiple fines for violations — from $250 for a first offense to $1,000 for a third offense within a year — he said the primary focus of current enforcement was to educate the public about the ban and provide information about smoking cessation programs. Levying fines, he said, should neither be the first response to a violation nor the focus of enforcement at this early stage.
For the rest of the article by Inside Higher Education, September 25 - click here.
Friday, June 13, 2008
To: Paul Kelly, Vice President of Administration and Finance; Gary Aller, Executive Director, Business Operations and Support Services
CC: Carolyn Stern, Student Health Services Doctor; Gwendolyn Francavillo, Coordinator of Wellness Programs;
Date: Fri, May 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Subject: Smoke-free campus
Hello, we wanted to check with you to see if it would be possible to create a smoke-free policy for the Gallaudet campus? The committee for a smoke-free campus was formed in the spring to investigate the possibility of this university becoming smoke-free due to the numerous benefits of being a smoke-free campus. The committee members are also available to help create this policy as well as the accompanying services (such as smoking cessation programs, etc). Please see our website: smokefreegallaudet.blogspot.com for more information. We are looking forward to working with the administration on this proposal,
Raylene Paludneviciene, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Approximately 1.8 billion young people (aged 10-24) live in our world today with more than 85% found in developing countries. Having survived the vulnerable childhood period, these young people are generally healthy.
However, as the tobacco industry intensifies its efforts to hook new, young and potentially life-long tobacco users, the health of a significant percentage of the world's youth is seriously threatened by their deadly products.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and child and adolescent experimentation can easily lead to a lifetime of tobacco dependence.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Yes. Secondhand smoke harms the health of those exposed to it. Secondhand smoke has been proven to cause lung cancer and heart disease, and has been linked to asthma and respiratory problems. Secondhand smoke has 4,000 chemicals, more than 50 of which are carcinogens.
What's wrong with smoking sections? Isn't that a good way to make everybody happy?
No. Smoking sections are misnomers. Smoke travels; it knows no boundaries. Having smoking sections is like have peeing and non-peeing sections in a swimming pool - it doesn't work. Like that yellow substance in the water, smoke circulates, and everybody is exposed to it.
Smoking is legal. Why don't you believe that smokers can smoke where they please?
People do not have the right to harm other people's health. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
What's next? Will people want to ban beer and fried foods?
Drinking beer and eating fatty foods are not comparable to smoking cigarettes. Drinking beer or eating fatty foods won't harm those around you; smoking will.
Sections adapted from Smoke-Free DC organization website: http://www.smokefreedc.org/faq.htm
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation: Defending your right to breathe smokefree air since 1976 declares that:
As of April 1, 2008, there are at least 110 smoke free campuses with no exemptions.
As of April 1, 2008, there are at least 33 100% smokefree campuses with minor exemptions for remote outdoor areas.
Click here to download the .pdf of the complete release from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation or copy and paste:
in your browser.
Date: Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Smoke Free Gallaudet Campus
Dear Ms. Vance,
What can we do to make Gallaudet University a smoke-free campus?
Research has shown that where young people are exposed to smoke and smokers, the more likely they are to start smoking. And, the younger they start, the more likely they are to become addicted. Once addicted, it is much more difficult to quit.
Research has also shown that SMOKING CAUSES chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, and emphysema and is STRONGLY associated with heart disease, circulatory diseases, ulcers, and impairs developing fetuses.
Secondhand smoke increases a non-smoker's risk for heart disease, lung cancer, and worsens symptoms of adults already suffering from asthma, allergies or bronchitis.
Many Universities, Hospitals, and other locations have made the move to become smoke-free. Why not Gallaudet!
I feel Gallaudet should be completely smoke free because of the tremendous health benefits for the entire University community. There won't be any more cigarette butts lying around campus and receptacles don't need to be purchased.
Even more important, with Kendall School and Le Clerc Center (MSSD) on the same campus at Gallaudet University, I see even more of a reason NOW to enforce a smoke free campus for the health of our students at Gallaudet.
Carolyn Stern MD
Student Health Services
Carolyn Stern MD (Spanjer)
Physician, Rochester School for the Deaf
Physician, Gallaudet University
58 Eastland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Would you be interested in being on the committee for a smoke-free campus? The aim of this committee is to see a smoke-free policy implemented at Gallaudet University. Our task might include some research on smoking bans at other universities, creating a vlog to garner support among students, staff and faculty on campus, and lobbying the administration. Comment below if you are interested in helping out, it is hoped that most of the work will be completed during the summer. Hope you can join us!
Raylene Paludneviciene, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology