On September 12, 2012 I attended the kick-off of the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative here at SPH.
Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, U of M President Mary Sue Coleman, and SPH Dean Martin Philbert gave remarks on the significance of this day in history.
SPH faculty members have contributed greatly to tobacco policy. I am proud to be a student at an academic institution that continues to be so heavily invested in improving the health of so many.
A panel of tobacco experts offered their perspectives on implementing a tobacco-free campus initiative. The following is just some of the insight they gave on what is necessary for a campus to go tobacco-free:
• It takes effort from everyone
• Take time to implement
• Broaden the ways and reason for a campus to go tobacco-free
• Use peer enforcement
My niece started kindergarten this fall. I look forward to her beginning college in the future, and never knowing a time when people used tobacco on campus.
To view a video of the kick-off, follow the link here: Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative Launched at U-M