Events


Tobacco waste cleanup event in November 2013: in an hour long cleaning of the university grounds, the collected cigarette butts amounted to 35.5 pounds in total (approximately 65,000 cigarette butts).

April 10, 2014 - Health Research Day

The group presented a poster: “Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Campaign “WhatTheButt?!”: Implications for University Policy Changes”. 

March 25, 2014 - Presentation to the Central University Health and Safety Committee (CUHSC) meeting

On March 25, 2014, the Tobacco Free SFU working group attended the monthly meeting of the university’s Central University Health and Safety Committee (CUHSC).  On behalf of the initiative, Dr. Kate Tairyan gave a presentation about the environmental harms of tobacco litter and the efforts of the initiative thus far.  A follow up meeting will be scheduled. 

 March 4, 2014 - Dr. Cam Coady Foundation Lecture in Health Issues 2014, Dr. Thomas E. Novotny

Dr. Thomas E. Novotny, M.D., M.P.H., addressed the ever-present issue of cigarette butt waste and the associated impacts such pollutants have on our environment in his lecture, “Tobacco and the Environment: A new Fight on Our Hands.” Dr. Novotny provided valuable insight on novel science and policy approaches that may assist in addressing the impacts of tobacco use and tobacco butt waste in our environments and ecosystems. Dr. Novotny is a Professor and co-director of the Joint Degree Program (PhD) in Global Health at San Diego State University. He is a medical epidemiologist and family physician specializing in health systems, non-communicable disease control, and health diplomacy. Dr. Novotny is also the president and CEO of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, a non-profit partnership between public health and environmental groups committed to mitigating the environmental impacts of cigarette butt waste through advocacy of effective butt-free policies.

Learn more about this eveng on FHS news.

January 25 & 26, 2014 - Knowledge into Action Conference

The group presented a poster: “Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Campaign “WhatTheButt?!”: Implications for University Policy Changes”. 

November 12, 2013 - Tobacco Product Waste (TPW) reduction campaign

Guided by the Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Toolkit (Novotony, 2013), 150 undergraduate students enrolled in Dr. Kate Tairyan’s health promotion course in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the Fall 2013 semester, planned and launched a TPW reduction campaign named “WhatTheButt?!”.

Drs. Lee and Corbett of FHS provided ongoing guidance and support to the implementation team led by MPH students, Ito, Mithani, and Khan. The tobacco waste cleanup event took place on November 12, 2013. Students went to three main areas of the SFU Burnaby campus and collected cigarette butts and other tobacco product waste for one hour. The students wore face masks and rubber gloves for their personal protection.Prior to the cleanup day, as part of the campaign, social media outlets such as a Facebook group, Twitter, and Instagram accounts were created and posters were put up around campus to promote the campaign and to draw attention to the issue. A press release was also prepared for the day of the cleaning.

 In an hour long cleaning of the university grounds, the collected cigarette butts amounted to 35.5 pounds in total (approximately 65,000 cigarette butts). These cigarette butts were put into glass jars and displayed at one of the high-volume entrances of the university to demonstrate the presence of the large amount of TPW in the local environment. Educational materials about the toxicity of tobacco waste and smoking cessation information were available for interested members of the university community. Students volunteered at the display to share their experience, collect feedback and run a petition in support of a 100% smoke free university campuses (over 800 signatures were collected over a period of two weeks). The campaign also drew media attention; a local online media source featured an article on the campaign and its outcomes thus far.

Read more about this event on SFU news.

References:

Novotny, T. (2013). Tobacco product waste reducion toolkit. Sacramento. California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program. 

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