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  • President's Charge

Alcohol and Other Drugs

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  • President's Charge to the MSUM Alcohol and College Life Committee (Alcohol and Other Drugs)

    February 19, 2007
    To: The Campus Community
    From: President Barden
    Re: Tobacco/Secondhand Smoke Survey Results and Action Items

    On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, we held a campus presentation and news conference to roll out the results of the MSUM student and employee tobacco/second hand smoke survey that was conducted during the fall 2006 semester. The survey project and report was prepared for Clay County Public Health and MSUM, by the North Dakota State Data Center at NDSU. Funding was provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. The complete report is available online at www.ndsu.edu/sdc/publications.htm.

    The survey results document several important findings as you will see attached to this memo. Notably the study shows:

    • The majority of our students and employees recognize that both smoking and secondhand smoke are health issues.
    • The number one place that our students and employees are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke is on the MSUM campus.
    • The majority of students and employees would support a smoke-free campus.

    According to the U.S. Surgeon General's recent report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke" scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (www.cdc.gov/tobacco). The MSUM survey results and the Surgeon General's conclusion, warrant an immediate university response. Therefore, at the Feb. 13 news event I announced the following:

    1. Smoking Cessation Programming: We are fortunate that "Quit and Win," a smoking cessation program for our students and our employees, is coming to MSUM in the fall. The program has enjoyed great success on other college campuses and we look forward to bringing the opportunity here. The Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, through funding provided by Minnesota Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will partner with us in this initiative. You can learn more about it at www.quitandwin.umn.edu.
    2. Potential Campus Policy Change: I have charged the newly formed university committee "Alcohol and College Life," which addresses the issues surrounding alcohol and other drugs, with reviewing our current campus tobacco/smoking policy. The committee is to forward me a recommendation regarding policy change no later than the first week of April 2007. Dr. Susanne Williams chairs the committee.

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