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The BACCHUS Network - Tobacco Free U

The BACCHUS Network

Certification for

Tobacco-Free

Campus Policy

Submission

Deadline Is

January 31

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The BACCHUS Network

Creating Tobacco-Free Campuses

The BACCHUS Network

Certification for Tobacco-Free

Campus Policy

Throughout the past decade, The BACCHUS Network

has been the leader in collegiate tobacco control initiatives.

BACCHUS was funded for six years by the CDC’s Office

on Smoking and Health to lead college campuses in the

development of comprehensive tobacco control programs. In

addition to our CDC collaboration, BACCHUS has enhanced

this mission by consulting with the following states: Alabama,

Iowa, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah

and Mississippi. We have been funded by the states of

Colorado, Montana and Ohio to manage statewide collegiate

tobacco control initiatives.

Since 2002, we have served as the contractor for the Colorado

Department of Public Health and Environment’s State

Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) to

build comprehensive campus tobacco control programs. A

similar project in the State of Montana also addresses tobacco

policy and increasing cessation services. The data collected

over this time has indicated a decline in smoking rates on

these targeted campuses, an increase in awareness of tobacco

issues and an increase in the adoption and implementation of

new policies that restrict tobacco use and advertising on these

campuses. Our efforts in Colorado and Montana serve as a

model for other states when addressing young adult tobacco

control.

The BACCHUS Network has established key elements of

a comprehensive campus tobacco policy. College campuses

that establish a tobacco policy with all of these points

will receive an official designation from The BACCHUS

Network as being a “Diamond” certified campus. “Gold”

and “Silver” level certifications are also available, depending

on the number of requirements met. A full description of the

three levels is located inside this brochure.

Why Tobacco-Free Campus Policies?

The young adult population (18-24) represents the youngest

legal audience for tobacco companies to utilize targeted

marketing efforts encouraging tobacco use. The college

campus is a valuable vehicle to reach a large percentage of the

young adult smokers.

There is a common belief that once a student graduates from

high school, the risk of initiating tobacco use is over. In

reality, approximately 20% of adult smokers became regular

smokers at or after the age of 18 (SAMHSA, 2006). College

is a time of experimentation. Unfortunately, many college

students underestimate the powerful addiction potential of

nicotine that is present in all tobacco.

The good news is that smoking rates have been dropping

significantly among the college population. In the fall of

2000, The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) data

showed 31.9% of college students smoked tobacco within

the last 30 days and 10.6% of students were daily smokers

(ACHA, 2000). In the spring of 2008, the NCHA data

showed 15.9% of college students smoked tobacco within the

last 30 days and only 3.6% were daily smokers (ACHA, 2008).

Possible reasons for the significant drop in college student

smoking include: concentrated tobacco control efforts at

colleges and universities; community and statewide smokefree

ordinances; and life-long exposure to campaigns such

as American Legacy Foundation’s “Truth.” Tobacco control

efforts are working, and we must continue to use evidencebased

practices to minimize the negative impacts of tobacco

upon communities.

The bad news is that while smoking rates have declined,

smokeless tobacco rates have stayed constant, or have

increased in certain areas of the country. In a 2000 survey,

collegiate smokeless rates were 3.7% (Rigotti, 2000). Data

from 2007 report 4% of college students use smokeless

tobacco (ACHA, 2007). This indicates that the strides made

in decreasing smoking have not carried over to decreasing

smokeless tobacco use.

In order to continue producing long-lasting health benefits

and to create heatlhier campus communities, BACCHUS

encourages campuses to pass tobacco-free policies using the

criteria outlined here. With a BACCHUS certification for

tobacco-free policy, your campus can clearly demonstrate its

leadership on this crucial health issue.


Why Apply for BACCHUS Certification?

BACCHUS certification, which includes a thorough review

by an independent board of national tobacco experts, offers

compelling proof to your campus, your peer institutions,

your state legislators, your donors, and your future students

and their parents that your institution is interested in student

health and has attempted to create a healthier campus

environment. Being nationally certified increases recognition

of your commitment to student health and can boost interest

in your campus.

If certified, your institution will:

• Receive a distinguished plaque honoring your achievement

• Receive use of the BACCHUS Diamond, Gold, or Silver

logo for use in your print and electronic communications

• Be recognized at the National Tobacco Symposium on

Young Adults

• Be highlighted in BACCHUS print and electronic

communications

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Student Health & Empowerment

Are Important

The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely

effective role - unmatched by professional educators - in

encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about and

develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk

health and safety issues.

The BACCHUS Network is concerned with the health and

safety of college students and creating leaders who will have

a positive impact on their communities after graduation. Not

only will well-prepared students contribute to the economic

and social gains of society, but they will also help create a

healthier world in which to live. Tobacco is still the leading

cause of death in the world. Students of today may bring

about the end of this devastating menace to health.

About The BACCHUS Network

The BACCHUS Network is a university and community

based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety

initiatives. It is the mission of our 501(c)(3) non-profit

organization to actively promote student and young adult

based, campus and community-wide leadership on healthy

and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco

use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other

high-risk behaviors.

Our organization devotes the substantial portion of its

resources and activities to:

• Create and foster a thriving network of institutions and

young adult led peer education groups supporting health

and safety initiatives,

• Empower students and administrators to voice their

opinions and needs to create healthier and safer campus

communities,

• Develop and promote cutting edge resources and health

promotion campaigns that support peer education,

campus leadership, and activism on health and safety

issues,

• Provide exceptional conferencing and training

opportunities for students, young adults and

professionals to support health and safety strategies,

• Encourage national forums on young adult health and

safety concerns,

• Promote and disseminate research and effective

strategies that better help campuses and communities

address health and safety issues, and

• Advocate for effective and sensible policies and practices

for campus and community health and safety issues.

Affiliates with our Network are concerned with the health of

their students, their institution and their community. Students

of all ages are faced with making personal decisions about

health and safety. The development of positive decisionmaking

skills prepares students to enter the real world and

the greater community to model healthy and safe lifestyles.

BACCHUS promotes respect for state laws and support

for campus policies that address high-risk behaviors that

compromise health and safety.


Criteria for Certification

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived products,

including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, hookahsmoked

products, spit and smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff,

snus, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, and cigarillos.

Smoking is prohibited on all campus grounds, in all campusowned

properties, and in all campus-owned vehicles.

Smoking is also prohibited at all institution-sponsored offcampus

functions.

X X X

X X X

All tobacco use is prohibited on all campus grounds, in all

campus-owned properties, and in all campus-owned vehicles.

Tobacco use is also prohibited at all institution-sponsored

off-campus functions.

X

X

Tobacco sales are prohibited.

Tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and

distribution are prohibited.

Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of

campus groups, events, individuals, and departments is

prohibited. This includes scholarships, sponsorship of

faculty positions, and recruiting for employment.

Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of

athletic events and athletes is prohibited.

The campus provides and/or promotes at least three

cessation resources. This may be in the form of individual

coaching, a state quitline, support groups, web-based

cessation resources, or community cessation resources.

The tobacco policy is clearly posted in employee and student

handbooks, on the campus website, and in other relevant

publications. Key components of the policy are also shared

with parents, alumni and visitors, and are posted on signage

around campus, e.g. Tobacco use is prohibited on school

grounds.

The college/university divests all tobacco company stocks

and holdings.

The college/university does not accept any direct funding

from tobacco companies.

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X

X

Diamond Gold Silver


Certification Timetable

January 31

February

Early March

Spring

Applications must be postmarked to BACCHUS

All applications will be reviewed by our panel of experts

Applicants will be notified of certification decisions

Annual National Tobacco Symposium on Young Adults,

Certifications will be presented at a special event.

Winners are also invited to speak on a panel regarding tobacco-free policies.

Please check tobaccofreeU.org for dates and registration information.

Winners are also encouraged to submit breakout session proposals for the BACCHUS General Assembly (annually

each November.)

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Disclaimer: By accepting a Silver, Gold, or Diamond certification from The BACCHUS Network,

the recognized campus grants permission to BACCHUS to use the campus name in printed and

electronic materials related to this award.

Application Checklist

(Materials will not be returned)

____ Application form (a Word version is available)

____ Copy of official policy

____ Summary of policy development process (no more

than three pages), including the impetus for policy

change, who was involved, how support was built,

and how success was ultimately achieved

____ Summary of lessons learned (one page), including

challenges faced, how obstacles were overcome,

advice you would offer other campuses, and

unexpected victories

____ Summary of cessation services & resources

provided to students, faculty and staff

____ Photos of tobacco policy signage on campus

____ Copy of marketing for any promoted cessation

services

____ Check for $295, payable to “The BACCHUS

Network” (One-time application fee. Campuses

that do not qualify for awards may re-apply within

two years for a fee of $150.)

Mail all materials to:

The BACCHUS Network

ATTN: Tobacco-Free Campus Award

P.O. Box 100430

Denver, CO 80250-0430


Campus Name:

Department Name:

Contact Name:

Mailing Address:

BACCHUS Certification for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Application Form

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Phone:

Fax:

Email:

Campus Web Address:

Total Undergraduate Enrollment:

Total Graduate Enrollment:

Total Number of Employees:

Prefer to type your answers?

A Word version of this application

was attached to the original call-forsubmissions

email.

A copy is also available at:

bacchusnetwork.org or

tobaccofreeU.org

Our campus has:

__ a 100% Smoke-free policy (no smoking is allowed anywhere on campus; tobacco is not sold, promoted, or marketed on

campus and at campus-sponsored functions). We feel that we are eligible for a Silver Level certification

__ a 100% Tobacco-free policy (no tobacco is allowed anywhere on campus; tobacco is not sold, promoted, or marketed

on campus and at campus-sponsored functions). We feel that we are eligible for a Gold Level certification

__ a 100% Tobacco-free policy (as indicated above) and the campus does not accept funding from, nor has financial

holdings in tobacco companies. We feel that we are eligible for a Diamond Level certification

__ Other (please describe):

Date policy was officially implemented:

Do you have a BACCHUS peer education affiliate group on your campus?

__Yes __No

Did you involve students in the policy development and implementation process?

__Yes __No If yes, describe:

Do you involve students in policy enforcement procedures?

__Yes __No If yes, describe:

Do you involve students in promoting cessation resources?

__Yes __No If yes, describe:

*Note: Answering “No” to any of the four above questions does not necessarily disqualify campuses from receiving an award.

Please list the locations (electronic and printed) where the tobacco policy can be found:

Disclaimer: By accepting a Silver, Gold, or Diamond certification from The BACCHUS Network, the recognized campus grants permission to

BACCHUS to use the campus name in printed and electronic materials related to this award.

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