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Hays, KS 67601

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Tobacco Policy Task Force

Mission Statement

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. The Tobacco Policy Task Force is charged with reviewing and strengthening FHSU's current tobacco policy and moving the campus forward toward the goal of achieving a tobacco-free campus.


The University has received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to assist in the efforts. As part of that grant the University hired Ty Patterson, Director of the National Center for Tobacco Policy, to provide consultation and other services to assist FHSU with this policy initiative. Mr. Patterson was on campus October 20 and 21 engaging with members of the campus community about the process.

Task Force Members

Jeff Briggs, College of Health and Life Sciences

Traci Ditter, Student Health

Bob Duffy, Wellness/Prevention

Vicki Fisher, Academic Custodial

Ed Howell, University Police

Tre Giles, 2014 Student Serviceship Recipient

Shannon Lindsey, Personnel Office

Frank Mindrup, Academic Custodial

Dayona Nett, Residential Life

Leslie Paige, Grants Facilitator

Kristin Rupp, University Web Site Content Manager

Wendy Rohleder-Sook, Co-Chair, Financial Aid

Steve Sedbrook, Co-Chair, Health and Human Performance

Kyle Stacken, Athletics

Mike Walker, Docking Institute


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