How are you involved with the STF policy or tobacco related research?
My colleague and I, Keavagh Clift, are currently working to implement two grants to increase access to cessation resources on campus and to raise awareness about vaping. I also oversee Health Education and Promotion students, who work on policy outreach, cigarette butt clean-ups, collecting data and getting the word out about Tracker the Squirrel.
Why are you interested/passionate about a Smoke & Tobacco Free campus or tobacco related research?
I believe that everyone has a right to breathe clean air on our college campus.
Please share something you learned or that surprised you about this effort.
I am constantly surprised at the sneaky efforts of vape companies and how much vaping is increasing on our campus. Vape companies run so many PSA's about how they're "helping prevent youth use" or "limiting flavors," but if you take a closer look, it's often because they had no choice. Every major big tobacco company owns at least one vape company. It's no surprise they are using the same tactics they've always used by targeting youth and marginalized communities. I just can't believe we came so far with tobacco prevention/control, and now we're fighting all the same battles again.