Spark Ignites a Change to Tobacco-Free College Campuses

(November 5, 2012)

UW-Stevens Point sent an entire team to the Summit!

If enthusiasm were any indication, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a whole lot of college campuses to go tobacco free in the next year or two.

On Tuesday, October 30, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin and Spark teamed up to hold the Wisconsin Tobacco Free Campus Summit to steer the way for Wisconsin’s private and public colleges and universities to develop and implement a comprehensive tobacco free policy for their campuses.

63 people representing 19 schools of all sizes and from every corner of the state were represented, along with nine partners from the state Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Charles W. Sorensen, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout delivered the keynote address. Stout is currently the only public four-year campus in the UW system with a policy that prohibits the use of any tobacco product on campus.

As of Tuesday, there were 16 post-secondary institutions in Wisconsin with tobacco-free campus policies that cover 57 sites. Effective November 1, those numbers rose to 17 institutions with the addition of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Spark’s goal is to have a total of 32 campuses pass tobacco free policies by the end of 2013.

UW-Stevens Point sent an entire team to the Summit!

A new Spark video was unveiled at the meeting.