Skip to main content

Tobacco- and Vape-Free Campus Policy

As of Aug. 22, 2016, Stephen F. Austin State University is a tobacco and vape free campus. This policy includes all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the university.

The policy is based upon the recommendation of the Employee Wellness Advisory Board comprised of faculty, staff and students.

The tobacco- and vape-free campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of the SFA community and is designed to be positive and health-directed. The university is not requiring faculty, staff and students to quit using tobacco products but does expect the policy to be adhered to by all individuals on university property.

Enforcement of the policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation. Tobacco users are expected to adhere to the policy and be respectful to ex-tobacco users and non-tobacco users. Individuals noticing violations of the policy should strive to be nonconfrontational and respectful to tobacco users when communicating this policy.

About SFA's Tobacco- and Vape-Free Policy

Policy Statement

Effective Aug. 22, 2016, SFA is a tobacco- and vape-free campus. The use of all tobacco and vape products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookahs, blunts, pipes, snuff and any other tobacco or vape-related product) is prohibited on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by Stephen F. Austin State University. Additionally, the sale or free sampling of tobacco or vape products is prohibited on university property. This policy applies to all employees, students, university affiliates, contractors and visitors.

The university shall offer and promote tobacco prevention and education programming on campus as well as provide applicable resources to help individuals who want to quit using tobacco products.

Rationale

  • Tobacco use is the #1 preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S. and worldwide.1 Each year, an estimated 480,000 Americans die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with serious illness caused by smoking.1, 2
  • There is no risk-free level of tobacco smoke or secondhand smoke.3 Even the occasional use of tobacco has been associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.4, 5 In addition, a very low level of cigarette consumption has been associated with increased risk of cancer, particularly lung cancer.6 Exposure to secondhand smoke is known to cause heart disease, lung cancer, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and asthma attacks in nonsmokers. Each year, close to 50,000 Americans die from heart disease or lung cancer caused primarily by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.7
  • Smokeless tobacco has been determined to cause cancers of the oral cavity. The two main forms of smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco and snuff, are associated with cancers of the oral cavity.8
  • Healthcare costs are 40% higher for smokers than nonsmokers in the same age group. Smokers miss an average of 6.16 days of work per year due to sickness (including smoking related acute and chronic conditions), compared to nonsmokers, who miss 3.86 days of work per year.9
  • Effectiveness: Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies have been proven to:
    • increase the number of tobacco users who quit
    • decrease tobacco use among students, faculty and staff
    • change social norms around tobacco use
    • and increase favorable attitudes towards regulations of tobacco.10

History

  • October 1991: The SFA Board of Regents approved the first tobacco policy which permitted tobacco use in specific locations around the SFA campus.
  • April 2006: The SFA Board of Regents approved the revised tobacco policy to prohibit tobacco use within 20 feet of any entrance to a building or facility.
  • February 2012: The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas entered rule §703.20: Certification of Tobacco-Free Policy for Entities Receiving CPRIT funds into the Texas Administrative Code, requiring that all entities receiving or applying for CPRIT funds must certify a tobacco-free workplace by Aug. 31, 2012 in order to remain eligible for CPRIT funding.
  • April 2015: The SFA Board of Regents approved the revised tobacco policy to include vaping products.
  • October 2015: The SFA Faculty Senate and the SFA Student Government Association approved a joint resolution to establish SFA as a tobacco free campus. President Baker Pattillo accepted their resolution and charged the SFA Employee Wellness Advisory Board with making policy recommendations.
  • January 2016: The SFA Board of Regents approved the revised tobacco policy. Smoking, Vaping and Use of Tobacco Products (13.21) policy
  • August 2016: The revised SFA tobacco policy goes into effect.

Tobacco Cessation Resources

SFA is committed to supporting students, faculty and staff who want to quit smoking.

For students

Students who desire to quit can consult a medical practitioner at the SFA Health Clinic. Smoking cessation strategies will be provided. Make an appointment by calling 936.468.4008.

Individual counseling with Licensed Professional Counselors is available for students. Call Counseling Services at 936.468.2401 or come by the third floor of the Rusk Building to make an appointment.

For faculty and staff

United Healthcare offers smoking cessation services to SFA employees. Tobacco cessation coaching is a benefit provided by HealthSelect. This free, confidential service consists of telephone coaching by training professionals. This program is tailored to your individual smoking habits and needs. To enroll in the telephone coaching program, call HealthSelect customer service at 1.866.336.9371. HealthSelect members can also visit uhc.com and select the Health and Wellness tab for more information.

Prescription Nicotine Replacement Therapy is a covered benefit for HealthSelect members. Contact your pharmacy benefit manger Caremark (1.888.886.8490) for more information on medications that are covered under your benefits.

For students, faculty and staff

  • Quit Kits - SFA offers this resource which includes educational materials and tools to help you quit. Visit one of the following locations to pick up your Quit Kit. All pickups will remain confidential.
    • Human Resources (Austin Building second floor)
    • Counseling Services (Rusk Building third floor)
    • Health Clinic (Corner of Raguet and East College)
    • Student Recreation Center (Administration Office)
  • SFA Counseling Services - Counseling Services offers free weekly workshops for the campus community on topics related to stress management and wellness. Call 936.468.2401 for more information.
  • 1.877.44U.QUIT (1.877.448.7848) - The National Cancer Institute's trained counselors are available to provide information and help with quitting in English or Spanish, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669) - The National Telephonic Quitline will connect callers directly to their state quitline. All state quitlines have in place trained coaches who provide information and help with quitting.
  • American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking Online Program - The American Lung Association offers an evidenced based online program consisting of eight self-paced modules, each containing four lessons, and an interactive message board to assist you in quitting tobacco.
  • Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches individuals how to live life without cigarettes in three steps. This free program was developed at the highly respected Mayo Clinic and is endorsed by the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation.
  • Tobacco Quitline - The Quitline offers personalized support and the tools and strategies to become smoke- and tobacco-free. Services include confidential phone and web counseling services and resources such as nicotine patches, gums or lozenges for those that qualify. 1.877.YES.QUIT (1.877.937.7848) or visit yesquit.org.
  • SmokeFreeTXT - This free mobile text messaging service is designed for adults and young adults who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.
  • BeTobaccoFree.gov - This comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

References

1 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, & Health Promotion (US) Office on Smoking and Health. (2014). The health consequences of smoking-50 years of progress: A report of the surgeon general. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK179276/

2 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, & Office of Smoking and Health. (2010). Tobacco use: September 2010, CDC vital signs. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/tobaccouse/smoking/

3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (US), & Office on Smoking and Health (US). (2010). How tobacco smoke causes disease: The biology and behavioral basis for smoking-attributable disease: A report of the surgeon general. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53017/

4 An, L. C., Berg, C. J., Klatt, C. M., Perry, C. L., Thomas, J. L., Luo, X., Ehlinger, E., & Ahluwalia, J. S. (2009). Symptoms of cough and shortness of breath among occasional young adult smokers. Nicotine Tobacco Research, 11(2), 126-133. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntp015­­­

5 Schane, R. E., Ling, P. M., & Glantz, S. A. (2010). Health effects of light and intermittent smoking: a review. Circulation, 121, 1518-1522. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.904235

6 Bjartveit, K., & Tverdal, A. (2005). Health consequences of smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day. Tobacco Control, 14, 315-320. doi:10.1136/tc.2005.011932

7 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (2010). Health harms from secondhand smoke. Retrieved from https://www.srhd.org/documents/smoke-free-housing/SHS-fact-sheet.pdf (broken link)

8 National Toxicology Program, & Public Health Service, HHS. (2014). Report on carcinogens. Retrieved from http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/tobaccorelatedexposures.pdf

9 Center for Health Statistics. (2011). Texas Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey Data. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/annual_data/annual_data.htm

10 Seo, D. C., Macy, J. T., Torabi, M. R., & Middlestadt, S. E. (2011). The effect of a smoke-free campus policy on college students' smoking behaviors and attitudes. Preventative Medicine, 53(4-5), 347-352. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.07.015

Contact:

Human Resources
936.468.2304
Fax: 936.468.1104
hr@sfasu.edu

Physical Address:
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 201

Mailing Address:
Box 13039 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962