In January, Pittsburg State did something that no other four-year, regents’ institution in Kansas had ever done. It became tobacco-free. At the end of the spring semester, committee members responsible for implementing the new policy reviewed the results and they liked what they saw.
“The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Rita Girth, co-chair of the Tobacco Policy Task Force. “It’s encouraging to see not only acceptance, but support, from such a large portion of our campus.”
“When we started this process we had hoped to create a culture of acceptance and self-regulation,” said Jim Triplett, co-chair of the Tobacco Policy Task Force. “It appears as if this is taking root.”
Committee members said that because of the positive response to the new policy, they will continue to focus on active education and promotion rather than enforcement methods.
“Our campus seems to have taken ownership of the new policy,” said Triplett. “We want to continue our momentum and this seems like the best way.”