Augustana will make its campus tobacco-free effective Aug. 1.
In an email to the campus community, President Rob Oliver said the decision reflects the University’s mission and takes into account feedback from students, faculty and staff.
“This decision aligns with our efforts to promote a healthy environment for students, employees and visitors and it also reflects the desire of a majority on campus who said they wish to limit tobacco use where they study and work — and, in the case of our students — at the place they call home,” Oliver said.
In 2016, the Augustana Student Association's student senate surveyed students to gauge their views about tobacco use on campus and passed a resolution recommending the University adopt a tobacco-free policy. Earlier this year, Human Resources surveyed faculty and staff on the same topic. Key findings of the survey include:
The majority of students, faculty and staff do not use tobacco products.
- Among the students who responded to the survey, 93 percent said they do not use cigarettes on campus; 94 percent said they do not use smokeless tobacco; and 95 percent said they do not use e-cigarettes.
- Among faculty and staff who responded to the survey, 95 percent said they do not use cigarettes on campus; 99 percent said they do not use smokeless tobacco; and 99 percent said they do not use e-cigarettes.
Most students, faculty and staff want the Augustana campus to be tobacco-free.
- Among respondents, 73 percent of students and 88 percent of faculty and staff said they would regard a policy change to prohibit smoking and tobacco use on campus as highly favorable, favorable or have no opinion.