The use of tobacco on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) may soon face restrictions, if one university group has a say.
The UWSP Tobacco-Free Campus (TCF) Committee Wednesday, Nov. 14, held an open forum to discuss the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products on campus, and its members say it’s the first step toward enacting a stricter policy.
“TCF’s efforts have grown more organized and efficient over the years thanks to our partnership with SPARK,” said UWSP graduate student Amy Domaszek, chair of the TFC Committee.
SPARK is a statewide program to raise awareness and promote action with regard to tobacco use among young adults. Efforts, spearheaded by the Student Government Association (SGA) at UWSP, are under way to draft a policy that addresses cigarette and tobacco use on-campus.
Domaszek said the AdHoc Committee will vote on its policy recommendation prior to the end of the semester. It will then either go to the SGA Senate for voting or to a spring referendum – depending on which option the AdHoc Committee votes to move forward. However, members of the Committee noted that it may take a few years to implement a new policy. Domaszek also said they would like the implementation process to cause “as little disruption as possible” at UWSP.