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Tobacco-Free Policy FAQs


What is the purpose of the Tobacco Policy Committee?

The Tobacco Policy Task Force will provide leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of a clear and enforceable tobacco policy and an effective tobacco awareness program for the FHSU community using evidence-based practices that promote wellness, socially responsible, and environmentally conscious practices. Through this process, the Tobacco Policy Task Force will become institutionalized as a University Standing Committee to ensure ongoing compliance and continued institutional support for education, communication, enforcement and evaluation of the policy.

When does the policy take effect?
The Tobacco-Free Campus Policy took effect July 1, 2016.

How will people be notified of the policy?
Current and prospective students and employees will be notified through communication services available on university web sites, including the Tobacco Policy web site. Notification of this policy also will be made during admission and enrollment processes for students and during New Employee Orientation for faculty and staff.

What is the current tobacco policy?
The current tobacco policy

How is the new tobacco policy different from the current policy?
The new Tobacco-Free Policy makes the entire FHSU campus including non-adjacent properties such as the University Farm, Sternberg, Kansas Wetlands Center, etc… tobacco-free. It does not permit the use of tobacco in designated parking lots on campus, as the current policy does.

Which tobacco products are included in the new policy?
For the purposes of this policy, tobacco-free is defined to include any cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, and any other current or future product that involves or simulates smoking. This also includes smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to: dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form (orbs, sticks, pellet, etc.). Nicotine products not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a nicotine cessation product, such as e-cigarettes and vaping devices, are also prohibited.

To whom does the policy apply?
This policy applies to all FHSU students, faculty, staff, employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors, and guests.

Is anyone required to quit smoking?
FHSU is not requiring anyone to quit using tobacco products, but FHSU does expect all individuals on university property to adhere to the policy. Various quitting aids are available through Student Health Services and HealthQuest.

What if someone is seen using tobacco on University property?
An individual may inform a tobacco user of the tobacco-free policy and request that he/she comply.

Will there be policy violation reporting procedures?
After the policy goes into effect, the tobacco policy web site ( will provide a portal for individuals to report violations of the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. Policy enforcement is limited to a standardized e-mail message containing a policy reminder and information about available tobacco cessation services. This e-mail message will be sent to individuals who are reported via the website portal for violation of the campus tobacco policy.

Will violations be reviewed?
The FHSU Tobacco Policy Committee will review the number of violations reported via the tobacco policy web site portal on an annual basis to study the effectiveness of the current tobacco-free program.

How will be people attending events on the FHSU campus be notified?
Public event organizers on campus are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees. Organizers and attendees at university public events (such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events and sporting events) are required to follow the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. The Tobacco Policy Committee will assist office/departments whenever possible in communicating information about the policy.

How did this initiative start?
In the Spring of 2014 the President's Cabinet began evaluating the Tobacco Policy. During the summer of 2014, FHSU was awarded a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to move towards strengthening the current policy. The Tobacco Policy Task Force was created in Fall 2014 as a requirement of the grant. The Task Force received its charge "to strengthen FHSU's current tobacco policy and move the campus forward toward the goal of achieving a tobacco-free campus (President's Cabinet, April 2014)" from President Martin in September 2014.

Are other universities adopting tobacco policies?
A growing number of higher education institutions are adopting tobacco and/or smoking-related policies. As of April 2, 2015, over 1,500 campuses are smoke-free and over 1000 of those are tobacco-free. Many of the Kansas Board of Regents institutions have either adopted tobacco-free policies or are in the process of considering such policies.





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