The Ohio State University received national accolades for its tobacco-free policy as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented its Silver Award in the HHS Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI Challenge).
Capt. Jim Lando, Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented the award to Ohio State’s tobacco free implementation committee and executive sponsors, highlighting Ohio State’s comprehensive policy.
[U.S. Health and Human Services presents TFCCI Challenge Award to Ohio State. From left to right: Mr. Larry Lewellen, vice president of care coordination and health promotion; Dean William Martin, College of Public Health; Ms. Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president of student life; Capt. Jim Lando, Region V; Dean Bernadette Melnyk, College of Nursing; Ms. Connie Boehm, student wellness director]
“Cigarette smoking alone is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs, and fires combined,” Capt. Jim Lando, said. “Almost all smokers begin tobacco use by age 26, making college and university campuses a critical target for tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts.”
As of January 1, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas. (Read the full policy at tobaccofree.osu.edu.)
“It remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, and you could say the world, because 6.3 million people die every year from tobacco product worldwide,” said College of Public Health Dean William Martin.
In order to qualify for the TFCCI award and carry the title of tobacco-free, colleges must adhere to a number of criteria including but not limited to, not having tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship permitted on campus property and the prevention of sale of any tobacco product or paraphernalia produced by the university for distribution on campus.
The TFCCI Challenge’s ultimate goal is to have all colleges and universities be 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free by 2017.