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