Pittsburg State University has formed a Tobacco Policy Task Force to explore the feasibility of making the campus tobacco free. The move comes after students voted overwhelming in a referendum in spring 2012, to recommend that the campus move to a completely tobacco-free environment.

The task force is led by Jim Triplett, a professor in the Department of Biology, and Rita Girth, operations director of the Bryant Student Health Center. The university has also secured the services of Ty Patterson, the director of the National Center for Tobacco Policy. Patterson is one of the leading experts on developing and implementing tobacco policies for higher education institutions.

“Our students made their views on this matter clear,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “As a university, we should honor their vote by carefully exploring what tobacco policies are right for the campus. I’m looking forward to receiving the final report from our task force.”

A final report with recommendations will be delivered to the president in May of 2013.