Survey Results Show Majority of UNK Students in Favor of Tobacco-Free Campus


The University of Nebraska- Kearney says the majority of students who participated in a Peer Health Education survey said they would be in favor of a "100 percent tobacco-free campus."

The survey was initiated by a student group that sent out over 7,000 surveys through email Feb. 26 and 27. Of those, 2,091 surveys were returned. Just over 700 participants said they were against a tobacco-free campus, while 1,381 said they were for presenting the idea of a policy change to the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Kelly Bartling, assistant vice chancellor forCommunications and Community Relations, says it is up to the student group to decide how a report or proposal should be drafted and presented to ChancellorDoug Kristensen.

The Peer Health team began looking into the idea of a tobacco-free campus following results of a 2012 national survey. The group initiated the current campaign with the aid of the Buffalo County Tobacco Free Coalition and UNK's Health EducationOffice.

UNK's current policy prohibits tobaccouse in UNK facilities or vehicles, and within 10 feet of entrances or worksites on the grounds.