POLICY WORKGROUP

Evidence-based policies are the driver for all tobacco control activities in the Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative. Existing policy measures (such as smoke-free indoor workplace policies and tobacco-free campus property policies) prove that population-based policy interventions can shape behavior to reduce tobacco use, ultimately impacting morbidity and mortality.

Community Policy
This past year, several institutions were involved in coalitions working on tobacco-related policies in Texas cities. Our students, faculty and staff served as educational resources and messengers. For example, in Fort Worth and Arlington, there were no comprehensive workplace ordinances in place to eliminate smoking indoors. Students, faculty and staff from UT Arlington, UT Southwestern, MD Anderson and TCU participated in campaigns to educate the community on the dangers of secondhand smoke and on the proven benefits to public health and the economy of reducing exposure to secondhand smoke in all workplaces.

In San Antonio, faculty and staff from UT Health Science Center San Antonio, UTSA and MD Anderson served as primary educational resources on the recent tobacco prevention policy that raised the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 years old.

Campus Tobacco Task Forces
Among the key outcomes from the 2016 and 2017 summits were tobacco-free policies on all campuses and the implementation of a campus task force that oversees all tobacco- related policy, prevention education, events and cessation services.

Each UT institution’s task force looks different, and draws on different realms of expertise across their campus. Benefits to this diverse representation include increased exposure of tobacco issues on cam- pus, enhanced stakeholder buy-in, enriched programs and services, and improved tobacco-free cultures that foster respect, caring and health.

WORKGROUP CALLS

For information on next call session, email endtobacco@mdanderson.org

 
   T21    PASSES    January 2018  San Antonio becomes the first city in Texas to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21 years old

T21 PASSES

January 2018
San Antonio becomes the first city in Texas to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21 years old


POLICY SEARCH

Find out your institution's policy rating.