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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the boundaries of the university for the purposes of defining university property?

The boundaries include any property owned or leased by the university, as well as any adjoining sidewalks. For more detailed information about Texas State property boundaries, visit Boundary Map of Texas State .

  

Does the tobacco-free policy apply to university apartments?

The policy applies to all university residence halls and apartments.University apartments include Clear Springs, Comanche Hill, Campus Colony and Bobcat Village.

 

Can persons smoke on city streets or sidewalks that cross the campus?

Texas State has both university and city streets. The use of tobacco is prohibited on all university streets and sidewalks. The tobacco policy does not apply to city streets (e.g. Aquarena Springs, Sessom, University, Comanche) or sidewalks that are not adjoining university property.

 

Will the use of e-cigarettes be permitted?

Electronic cigarettes create a vapor that delivers nicotine. E-cigarettes have been classified as a tobacco product and will be regulated by the FDA. E-cigarettes are not approved for smoking cessation. Scientific studies regarding their safety are inadequate at this time. E-cigarettes will not be permitted until the FDA rules on their safety. However, nicotine gum and lozenges are available without prescription for use in managing nicotine cravings. Nicotine patches are effective for smoking cessation, but less effective for sporadic nicotine cravings. Nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays are available by prescription for use in managing nicotine cravings.

 

Does the Texas State Tobacco Policy apply at university sanctioned events or sporting activities occurring off campus?

The Texas State Tobacco Policy applies only to university owned or leased property or vehicles. Events or activities scheduled elsewhere are bound by the policies or rules of the event coordinator or property manager.

 

Does the Texas State Tobacco Policy prohibit the use of chewing tobacco on campus?

The use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and snuff, is prohibited on all university owned or leased property or vehicles.

 

How will Texas State enforce the Tobacco Policy?

The Tobacco Policy includes a two-step approach to enforcement. Persons violating the Tobacco Policy should first be informed that the use of tobacco is not permitted anywhere on university property or in university vehicles. The expectation is that persons will voluntarily comply with the policy. Persons who refuse to comply, or repeatedly violate the Tobacco Policy, should be reported to a university management official which may include persons such as supervisors, program coordinators, directors, vice presidents, professors, department chairs, deans, residence hall directors, apartment managers, or university police. Failure to comply with the request of a university management official to discontinue the use of a tobacco product may result in the person being reported to a university administrative official for possible disciplinary action. Students would be reported to the Dean of Students Office, faculty to the Office of the Provost, staff to their respective vice president’s office, contractors to the department administering the contract, and visitors to University Police. Administrative officials have discretion in determining the appropriate disciplinary action based on the individual case circumstances.
 

Are clove cigarettes permitted?

Clove cigarettes contain 60-70% tobacco. The use of clove cigarettes would be prohibited by the
Tobacco Policy. The CDC reports that clove cigarettes can have higher concentrations of nicotine,
tar and carbon monoxide than conventional cigarettes. Research suggests that smoking clove
cigarettes is associated with an increased risk for lung injury.
 
 

Will the use of tobacco-free hookahs be allowed on campus?

Hookahs, which sometimes are called water pipes, are used mostly to smoke flavored tobaccos.  They have the same health risks as cigarettes and would be prohibited by the Tobacco Policy.  While some tobacco-free smoking materials are available for use in hookahs, there is insufficient research data to document that they are safe for use and that they will not pose a health risk to others.  Additionally, the heat source in hookahs may also contribute to the potential toxicity of the smoke.  Therefore, the use of hookahs for smoking will not be permitted on university property.

 

I am Native American Indian and use tobacco during certain religious ceremonies. Will the use of tobacco be allowed in these situations?

Persons using tobacco as part of an established religious ceremony, may contact the Dean of Students Office to request a Tobacco Policy exemption for those religious activities.

 

Will smoking be permitted in personal parked vehicles on campus?

Smoking will not be allowed in personal vehicles parked on university property.  The Tobacco Policy does not permit smoking on university property.  Smoking in an enclosed space, especially one as small as a vehicle, has the potential to magnify all the health risks associated with smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Texas State University's Tobacco-Free Policy

Texas State will become a Tobacco-Free Campus in fall of 2011. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are associated with significant health risks. Even brief exposures to second-hand smoke can increase the risk for heart attack and lung cancer in non-smokers. Texas State has responded to the growing evidence of the harmful effects of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke by progressively restricting smoking on our campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.   The tobacco use restriction includes Sewell Park, the Golf Course, Bobcat Stadium and all university athletic or recreational fields.  

To assist students who want to quit smoking, the Student Health Center provides a free smoking cessation program and discounted smoking cessation medications. Faculty and staff can use the Student Health Center smoking cessation program or access smoking cessation programs offered through their health insurance.  There are also a variety of online smoking cessation resources. To get more details about the new Tobacco-Free Policy, click here to view UPPS 04.05.02 Tobacco Policy.

Scientific Evidence and Support for Tobacco-Free Policy

The Texas State Smoking Policy undergoes periodic review and was scheduled for review in 2010. During the review process, it was discovered that there was significant new scientific evidence about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. In an effort to share the new information with the campus community and solicit feedback, a smoking policy presentation was developed. The smoking policy information was presented to the President’s Council on Women in Higher Education, Staff Council, University Council, Associated Student Government, a student open forum and a faculty/staff open forum. To view the smoking policy presentation, click here.

 
Two surveys conducted in 2010 revealed widespread campus support for the move to a Tobacco-Free Campus. The National College Health Assessment , conducted by the American College Health Association, is a nationally recognized research survey to assess student health behaviors and perceptions. A total of 95,712 students from 139 schools participated in the survey during spring 2010 for a response rate of 32.5%. At Texas State, 1,310 students completed the survey for a response rate of 27.4%. The following question was included in the Texas State survey:
 
Would you be in favor of Texas State University becoming a completely smoke-free campus?
        Yes: 67%             No: 33%
               
In addition, Texas State faculty and staff were sent a short survey about the smoking policy in May 2010. A total of 1,465 faculty and staff completed the survey for a response rate of 39.4%. The following question was included:
 
Would you support the university becoming a smoke-free campus including all indoor and outdoor areas with very few exceptions?
                Yes: 75%             No: 25%

 

President Trauth's Tobacco-Free Policy Announcement

Dear Texas State Faculty, Staff, and Students:

 
Texas State University will become tobacco-free on both of our campuses effective August 1, 2011.  Texas State became smoke-free inside all university buildings and vehicles in 2000, and several outside smoke-free zones were established in 2005. The Round Rock campus opened in 2005 as a smoke-free campus, and now we are extending that policy to the San Marcos campus. 
 
Our decision to become a tobacco-free university is based on the scientific evidence regarding the harmful effects and health risks of tobacco.  Additionally, the National College Health Assessment conducted in 2010 revealed that 67 percent of Texas State students responding to the survey support a smoke-free institution.  A 2010 faculty/staff survey indicated that 75 percent of the faculty/staff responding to that survey also support becoming a smoke-free institution.
 
We understand the challenge faced by those who want to quit smoking.  A variety of resources are available for those who want to quit smoking including telephone hotlines and online smoking cessation programs.  Texas State employees can access smoking cessation programs offered by their health insurance plans.  Texas State students can access smoking cessation programs at the Texas State Student Health Center which will offer significantly discounted smoking cessation medications. 
 
As Texas State becomes a tobacco-free institution, the use of any tobacco products will be prohibited on all university properties and in vehicles owned or leased by the university.  UPPS 04.05.02 Tobacco Policy will provide additional details. This tobacco-free policy will help to reduce health risks and create a healthier and safer university.
         
 
                                                  Sincerely,
 
Denise M. Trauth, President
4/27/11
                                                     

 

Information For Students

The Student Health Center has a smoking cessation program that is free for all enrolled students. The smoking cessation program includes assessment and educational materials, as well as support provided by trained nursing staff. Successful smoking cessation often requires the use of medication. Students who require medication to assist them in their quit program can make an appointment with a Student Health Center healthcare provider to discuss the most appropriate therapy.To help support students who want to quit smoking, the Student Health Center Pharmacy will offer smoking cessation medications at 25-50% discounts from retail prices. Texas State students interested in taking advantage of the smoking cessation program can call 512-245-2161 to schedule an appointment with a nurse. Over-the-counter products sold at the Pharmacy include nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Click here for price and product information.

 
It is highly recommended that students enroll in a smoking cessation program rather than rely on just the use of smoking cessation medication.   A variety of resources are available for those who want to quit smoking including online smoking cessation programs and telephone quitlines. Online smoking cessation programs are offered by health insurance companies, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute ( http://www.smokefree.gov/ ) and others. Telephone QuitLines are offered by the American Cancer Society (1-877-YES-QUIT) and the National Cancer Institute (1-800-QUIT-NOW). These free resources coupled with support from friends and family, and medication when appropriate, can significantly increase the chances of your successfully quitting. For more information about smoking cessation resources, check the resources listed below.

Information for Faculty and Staff

HealthSelect of Texas (UnitedHealthcare)

  • Telephonic Health Coaching 
    • As a HealthSelect plan member, you’ll have access to personal wellness coaches that can help you set goals and create a personalized plan to help you meet them. Certified health coaches can help you quit smoking. You’ll keep the same coach throughout the program. Spanish-speaking and other coaches fluent in other languages are available. You can call myNurseLine at (877) 731-8306 to enroll in Telephonic Health Coaching.
    • http://healthselectoftexas.welcometouhc.com/assets/pdf/14146.UHC.ERS.Smokingflyer_3FINAL.pdf
Community First Health Plans  
  • The HealthMedia® programs are uniquely tailored to each individual so you will receive tips, tools, and support specific to your individual needs. The program offerings include the following:
  • http://www.cfhp.com (210) 358-6262
Scott and White Health Plan
  • Be guided to make healthier choices and lifestyle changes that will help you prevent disease.  Your Succeed® plan will provide you with personalized strategies designed by healthcare professionals to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. Scott & White Health Plan members are encouraged to log in to MyPlan before beginning the programs. However, you need to be an active member of the Scott & White Health Plan to take advantage of these programs. Simply click here to get started. 
  • VitalCare Breathe® - Learn to deal with cravings, boost your motivation and decrease your dependency.
  • (512) 930-6040
Work Life Employee Assistance Program

Texas State Student Health Center

  • The QUIT program is available for faculty or staff.  Participants receive a personal assessment, private counseling with a nurse, self-help materials, information about smoking cessation aids and follow-up support.  Faculty and staff who need prescription medication should make an appointment with their primary care physician (PCP).  Call 512.245.2161 to make an appointment for the QUIT program.
  • Faculty and staff can purchase over-the-counter products from the Student Health Center Pharmacy, including nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Click here for price and product information.

 

Smoking Cessation Online Resources

Quitnet was launched in 1995 and is the Internet's original quit-smoking site. Launched in 1995, Quitnet is one of the most relevant sites on the subject today. This website site is dedicated to providing comprehensive resources and support for people trying to give up smoking.

Smoking Cessation by About.com is a collection of online articles and advice on the subject of quitting smoking. This website provides a wealth of information on smoking cessation.

Smokefree.gov provides an online step-by-step cessation guide, information on local, state, and national telephone quitlines, an instant messaging service, and numerous publications that may be downloaded, printed, or ordered for your convenience. 1-800-QUITNOW. (1-800-784-8669).

Smokeless Tobacco Online Resources

Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide For Quitting is a website that provides a quitting plan, helpful articles, and educational information to create a tobacco-free lifestyle.

My Last Dip offers a series of unique Web-based interventions  designed to help chewing tobacco users quit for good. Several programs have been created to appeal to different age groups. Developed by researchers with over 30 years' experience in smokeless tobacco research, these programs are funded by a research grant from the National Cancer Institute (U. S. National Institutes of Health).