A Smoke-Free California State University
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RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) request that the Chancellor take the necessary steps to modify CSU System policy to create a smoke-free university system, including all facilities; and be it further
RESOLVED: Smoke-free means that smoking tobacco products will be prohibited in all indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by the University, including parking lots; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU asks that the Chancellor also take the necessary steps to ensure that the sale of tobacco products on CSU property be prohibited; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to: the Chancellor and the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU campus presidents, the CSU campus senate chairs, the California Faculty Association, and the Board of Directors of the California State Student Association.
RATIONALE: The University of California recently announced that it would adopt a smoke-free policy (attached.) All of the reasons cited apply to the CSU as well.
The health hazards of using tobacco products are widely known. According to the Centers for Disease Control (see http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/) tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and is responsible for 443,000 deaths per year in the United States (with an estimated 49,000 deaths annually due to second-hand smoke exposure). Cigarette smoking alone costs the United States more than $193 billion (i.e., $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in health care expenditures).
The Office of the Chancellor has a long history of being concerned about the health effects of smoking and other products with deleterious health effects. For example, in 1993 the Chancellor issued Executive Order (EO) 599 which prohibits smoking in all CSU buildings and leased space. In 2005, he issued EO 966 which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages at any athletic event held in university owned or operated facilities and which limits alcohol advertising to beer and wine on CSU campuses. In 2009, the CSU expanded its Biennial Report on Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs to include tobacco initiatives.
Campuses should take the opportunity to facilitate smoking-cessation programs and advertise their local availability.
CSU Fullerton’s Academic Senate Resolution, A Smoke-Free Campus Beginning August 1, 2013: http://www.fullerton.edu/senate/documents/resolutions/ASD%2012-22%20Resolution%20re%20Smoke%20Free%20Campus%208-1-13.pdf
Approved – January 17-18, 2013