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Montana Collegiate Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Montana Collegiate Tobacco Prevention Initiative

What is the Montana Collegiate Tobacco Prevention Initiative (MCTPI)?

Montana Collegiate Tobacco Prevention Initiative (MCTPI), led by The BACCHUS* Initiatives of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators(NASPA), is Montana’s young adult movement to create healthier college campuses in Montana by reducing tobacco use and exposure. Training and technical assistance helps campuses create a safe environment through year-round comprehensive education and prevention activities, cessation services and policy change. Each campus movement is led by an advisor and a group of dedicated students and is assisted by a tobacco task force.  Funded by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program and staffed by The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, MCTPI has thirteen participating Montana Campuses including:

  • Carroll College (Helena)
  • Dawson Community College (Glendive)
  • Flathead Valley Community College - (Kalispell)
  • Fort Peck Community College (Poplar and Wolf Point)
  • Helena College of Technology - Univeristy of Montana (Helena)
  • Miles Community College - (Miles City)
  • Montana State University (Bozeman)
  • Montana State University (Billings)
  • Montana State University-Northern (Havre)
  • Montana Tech - The University of Montana (Butte)
  • The University of Montana (Missoula)
  • Rocky Mountain College - (Billings)
  • University of Montana Western (Dillon)

Why Have A Collegiate Tobacco Control Movement?

Campus health education of the past has not identified tobacco education and prevention as a high priority. However, the 18-24 year old age group continues to have the highest smoking rate among all adults. We know that a quarter of students begin using tobacco or increase their use while in college and that most students who use tobacco want to quit before they graduate. In addition, this age group is heavily targeted by the tobacco industry on campus with student groups (i.e. Rodeo club, fraternities and sororities), in local publications, bars/clubs, social events and concerts. There are additional challenges associated with the changing landscape of smokeless tobacco options, including e cigarettes and snuff. The goals of MCTPI will help to address these high-risk tobacco issues in the Montana collegiate population.

Montana is also addressing the unique needs of the Native American young adult population through comprehensive year-round tobacco education on the Fort Peck Community College campus. The goal of MCTPI will help to address these high-risk tobacco issues in the Montana collegiate population.

What are the Goals and Outcomes of the Montana Collegiate Tobacco Prevention Initiative (MCTPI)?

This program incorporates the goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Framework for Tobacco Control and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP).

Goals:

  1. Prevent initiation of tobacco use among college-age youth
  2. Promote cessation among youth and adults
  3. Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
  4. Eliminate disparities caused by tobacco use

Outcomes:

  • Enhanced campus capacity to implement tobacco control programs
  • Increased student leadership and involvement in campus tobacco control
  • Greater collaboration between the campus and local community
  • Increased awareness of the hazards of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke by young adults and decision-makers in organizations that serve them
  • Increased involvement efforts to reduce tobacco use and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke by students and decision-makers in post-secondary institutions
  • Increased number of public and private policies that have the potential to impact tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among 18-to-24-year-olds, such as reducing access to tobacco products, increasing access to and use of cessation services, and increasing smoke-free environments
  • Formation of student-led groups on campus to empower college students to take an active role in preventing and reducing tobacco use and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

Supporting Documents

  1. Tobacco Training (PDF)
  2. Frequent Challenges to Campus Tobacco- Free Policy (PDF)

For more information contact contact The Bacchus Initiatives of NASPA

Laurie Jevons - Grant Projects Coordinator
laurie@naspa.org or (303) 871-0901

*"BACCHUS" an acronym for Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students, founded in 1975.