OU selected as inaugural participant in Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative


Nov 16

Oakland University was awarded a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Oakland is one of the first 20 colleges and universities to receive a TFGCI grant.

“We are honored to partner with the American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation to promote a smoke- and tobacco-free environment on campus,” said Cora Hanson, Environmental Health and Life Safety Manager at Oakland University. “This grant will allow us to continue to build on efforts to create a safe and healthful environment for the entire OU community.”

Over the next three years, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will be awarded TFGCI grants to support their efforts to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation and evaluation.

TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by helping colleges and universities achieve 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, only 1,427 college campuses are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States, more than 1 million are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking. While approximately 90 percent of smokers start by age 18, fully 99 percent start by age 26, underscoring the importance of supporting young adults with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their learning environments.

“Through support from the CVS Health Foundation, we are excited to advance the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campus 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and director of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control. ‘To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among America’s college students.”

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to 20 institutions in 2016. TFGCI strives to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation, with a national goal of doubling the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free institutions of higher learning in the next five years.

The inaugural awardee schools include:

California Merritt College
California California State University San Marcos
California Saint Mary’s College of California
Illinois St. Xavier University
Indiana Indiana University –Bloomington
Massachusetts Springfield College
Michigan Oakland University
Michigan University of Michigan
Michigan Davenport University
New Jersey Montclair State University
North Carolina Piedmont Community College
North Carolina East Carolina University
North Carolina Lenoir-Rhyne University
Ohio Bowling Green State University
Ohio University of Cincinnati –Blue Ash College
Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Penn State University
Texas Texas Christian University
Texas El Paso Community College
Texas Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi

This TFCGI grant announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 17, an intervention effort to encourage smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit. On that day, clean air “patrols” will be on OU’s campus providing resources encouraging smokers to quit.

Source: News at OU