Shelton State Community College's Tobacco Free 101 Campaign

Campaign Logo:

Through the use of "101," our logo for the Shelton State Tobacco Free Campaign showcases one of the objectives for the Tobacco Taskforce--educating the College community on the mission of the taskforce. 

Shelton State's Current Policy:

The SSCC Employee Handbook, Article 907, states, “In the interest of maintaining an environment conducive to learning, it is college policy that there will be no drinking, eating, cell phone use, digital pager use, and/or tobacco use in the classrooms at any time. This policy must be strictly enforced by the instructor.”

Also, the College’s website states, “Shelton State Community College is a tobacco-free work environment. Tobacco use is not permitted at any time by any faculty member, staff, student, vendor, or visitor inside any building on a Shelton State campus. Smoking is permitted outside of buildings in non-hazardous areas away from building doors and windows.”

The College’s Clean Air Policy states, “Shelton State is a tobacco-free/smoke-free work environment. Use of tobacco in any form, as well as use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor devices, is not permitted at any time by any faculty member, staff, student, vendor, or visitor inside any building on a Shelton State campus. Tobacco products and vapor devices are permitted outside of buildings in designated, non-hazardous areas away from building doors and windows.”

Tobacco Taskforce:

Because it had been several years since on-campus tobacco had been evaluated, and due to a lack of policy enforcement, the College applied for and was awarded a grant from the Truth Initiative during the fall 2016 semester. The grant requires the following:

1) The assessment of tobacco-related issues on campus, 
2) That employees and students are engaged with educational information on tobacco-related issues, 
3) A plan to address tobacco treatment for those who wish to quit using tobacco products is designed, 
4) A policy recommendation that addresses tobacco-use on campus be made. 


To achieve these objectives, the SSCC Tobacco Taskforce was formed in September 2016. Members of the taskforce represent faculty, staff, administration, and students. Student organizations represented include the Ambassadors, Association of Nursing Students, Veterans Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and Respiratory Therapy Student Association.

Survey Results:

A) 47% of SSCC students say they have been exposed to second-hand smoke on campus.
B) 49% of SSCC students are concerned with the health risk of second-hand smoke on campus. 
C)  On a 1-5 strongly disagree to strongly agree scale (with 836 student respondents) an average score of 3.85 indicates students would support SSCC having a 100% tobacco free campus. 
D) The majority of The College (963 out of 1,306 faculty, staff, and student survey respondents) agrees that “A 100% tobacco-free policy would promote a clean and green healthier campus.” 
E) The majority of The College (714 of 1,278 faculty, staff, and student survey respondents) agrees that “Colleges have a responsibility to lessen the risk of tobacco addiction by adopting policies that discourage tobacco use.”

Educational Information: 

A) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website offers information on secondhand smoke. 
B) The CDC gives stunning statistics here on adult smoking in the U.S.
C) To many, smoking is a "social justice" issue. Read more about it here
D) There is a scholarship opportunity for undergraduates and graduate students who take action on tobacco. 

Cessation Resources:

A) Smoke-free America's proven tips to quit smoking can be found here: www.tobaccofree.org
B) A program offered by the American Lung Association can be viewed here: www.freedomfromsmoking.org
C) An extensive list of cessation resources is available here: CDC

Open Forum:

The taskforce wants to hear from you. If you have questions, concerns, feedback, or an opinion you would like to offer, then please click here. This open forum allows you to send thoughts anonymously. 

Subcommittees:

To complete its objectives, the taskforce created the following four subcommittees:

1) Campus-wide Events

a. The symbolic kick-off for the "SSCC 101" campaign occurred at the Health and Wellness Fair on March 7, 2017. The RPT Department conducted A1T1 testing and educational materials were available for attendees.
b. Additional goals are to develop a program/event in conjunction with the Great American Smoke-out Day and the Quit Cold Turkey Day in November 2017. 


2) Lunch & Learn

This subcommittee plans, organizes, and hosts sessions to which employees and students are invited to attend. Sessions will be offered on both campuses and on different days of the week. These sessions are to provide an open forum for the College community in which updates from the taskforce’s will be offered, and the floor will be opened to hear questions, concerns, and/or advice from attendees. This feedback will be of significant importance for the Compliance and Implementation Subcommittee.  


3) Marketing & Media

The purpose of this subcommittee is to utilize Truth Initiative resources to develop a marketing campaign that increases awareness of this grant-funded initiative. The use of promotional items, signs and banners, information cards, digital media, social media, and close coordination with the Campus-wide Events subcommittee will be necessary to carry out the objective. 


4) Compliance and Implementation

This subcommittee will evaluate current tobacco-use policies at Shelton State; research policies of other colleges, universities, and/or businesses for modeling and benchmarking purposes; utilize the resources and case studies provided by Truth Initiative; meet with College stakeholders; and use information gathered from the Lunch & Learn sessions to draft the policy recommendation for consideration by the College President. 



Smoke Free Tuscaloosa:

After the formation of the Tobacco Taskforce, the College’s administration encouraged the Tobacco Taskforce leaders to join the Smoke Free Tuscaloosa Coalition whose mission states: “Smoke Free Tuscaloosa, is a campaign to educate Tuscaloosa citizens on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure and benefits of smoke free policies in work places and public places. Our coalition seeks to promote tobacco free work-places and public places through prevention, education, cessation services, advocacy for public policy and broad based community service.” For more information, contact Fayetta Royal at the Alabama Department of Public Health: Fayetta.Royal@adph.state.al.us


Other Resources:

Truth Initiative is a non-profit organization whose focus is ending tobacco usage. Their website offers invaluable information on tobacco, tobacco products, and tobacco-related effects,  statistics, articles, and research findings.  https://truthinitiative.org/
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies in higher education institutions. Their site offers a list of smoke-free campuses, information on national tobacco-related campaigns, and key resources for schools and individuals. www.tobaccofreecampus.org

Smokefree.gov is a website aimed at helping individuals stop smoking and/or remain smoke-free. It helps with both immediate and long-term needs of those who seek to quit. www.smokefree.gov

NASPA is an organization of student affairs administrators in higher education. One of their objectives is to promote clean and healthy campuses and colleges. The website has information on implementing and administering a smoke-free campus.  www.tobaccofreeu.org

Since 1995, Quitnet has been involved in helping people quit smoking. The site and its social-media extensions offer a community for peer support with experts ready to assist as well. www.quitnet.com

The American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking® Plus that provides updated information and activities, including a peer community, that offers support to those trying to quit smoking. www.ffsonline.org

The American Cancer Society’s website provides a wealth of information on healthy living, research programs, cancer treatment and support, and ways to get involved with ACS campaigns.  www.cancer.org

The National Cancer Institute provides information on the types of cancer, current research, and notes on risks, prevention, and diagnosis. www.cancer.gov/

For more information, contact Kevin Windham at 205.391.2469 or kwindham@sheltonstate.edu.