Last week students’ voices counted from Peer Health opinion survery for tobacco free campus
By Tessa Kaufman
The UNK Peer Health Education Club conducted a survey Feb. 26 and 27 asking students: “Are you in favor of a proposal for 100 percent tobacco-free UNK being presented to the Chancellor’s Cabinet for a policy to be created at the University of Nebraska at Kearney?” A 100 percent tobacco-free campus would include prohibiting the use of all tobacco products.
The Peer Health organization emailed 6,324 registered students. There were 2,091 responses with 1,381 in favor of a new policy being presented to the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and 710 not in favor of a new policy.
“As an organization we are excited that so many UNK students participated in this process and we are encouraged by how the last several weeks created a buzz around campus, our community, throughout the state and around the country about such an important issue,” said Ismael Torres, advisor to Peer Health Education.
After spring break, members from Peer Health plan to focus a lot of their attention on developing a clear and concise proposal to present to the dean of Division of Student Affairs and the chancellor in early April to make UNK a 100 percent tobacco- campus. Peer Health has been working on this project since March 2012.
“We were encouraged and thankful to Staff Senate for working with Peer Health on this issue and passing a resolution in support of a 100 percent tobacco-free campus, and thanks to faculty senate for their ongoing discussions regarding this issue,” Torres said.
Currently, UNK has a Clean Air Policy that prohibits tobacco use in facilities or university vehicles and within 10 feet of entrances.
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