The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 9, 2013

Use of tobacco on PSU campus subject of forum set for Wednesday

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Globe Staff Writer

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Perceptions and opinions about tobacco use on campus will be the topic of a forum Wednesday at Pittsburg State University.

The PSU Tobacco Policy Task Force will conduct the forum from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 102 at Yates Hall. The event, which will include a question-and-answer session, is open to the public.

Results of a recent survey regarding tobacco use at PSU will be presented. The survey went out in early March to campus and community members and was aimed at helping the task force develop its approach to tobacco use on campus.

Ty Patterson, director of the National Center of Tobacco Policy, will speak at the forum. Patterson also is providing consulting services to the PSU task force.

“The purpose of the forum is to inform the community about the results of the survey and to continue the conversation about this important topic,” Rita Girth, task force co-chairperson and operations director of the Bryant Student Health Center, said in a statement. “We encourage everyone to attend and share their thoughts and opinions.”

Pittsburg State University formed a Tobacco Policy Task Force to explore the feasibility of making the campus tobacco-free. The move came after students voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last spring to recommend that the campus become a tobacco-free  environment.

The Tobacco Policy Task Force is led by Girth and Jim Triplett, a professor in the Department of Biology.

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