The Center helps institutions, organizations and businesses with tobacco policy through teleconferences, webinars, on campus consultation and an annual workshop.Read more about our services
The American College Health Association supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and/or passive, is a significant health hazard.View the ACHA Guidelines
In 1997, President Norman K. Myers asked me to ‘look into getting tobacco use off the campus.’ This began a journey which culminated in OTC becoming tobacco-free in 2003.Read more about us
Your perspective on respect for others and the campus environment made so much sense and resonated in me, it was the missing link to… the work I was doing around assisting campuses.Read what others are saying
- The National Center for Tobacco Policy (NCTP) teaches organizations how to develop, implement and sustain a tobacco free environment.
- Provides assistance to organizations who are considering a tobacco free policy, are becoming tobacco free, or need ongoing support to sustain a tobacco policy.
- Helps organizations assess the effectiveness of tobacco policy, and identify and address unique challenges associated with the policy.
Summit on Tobacco Policy June 12-14, 2013 Kansas City, MO
The Summit On Tobacco Policy “Facing the opportunities and challenges of tobacco-free campus policy”
Our next Summit is scheduled for June 12-14, 2013 in Kansas City. Registration and preliminary information are available at www.tobaccofreepolicysummit.com Start planning now to attend.
A variety of well-known national speakers will be presenting on important topics such as: getting started, keeping the momentum going, creating an enforceable policy, sustainability, a comparison of tobacco-free versus smoke-free, as well as presentations on lessons learned by campuses that have already enacted tobacco-free policies.
Summits will be held on a regular basis and will be limited to no more than 75 participants. This approach provides the high degree of interaction and discussion that has proven valuable in helping institutions weigh through the options and advice in order to institute effective and SUSTAINABLE tobacco free policies.
Our first National Summit on Tobacco Policy was held October 4-6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Participants experienced a valuable opportunity to interact with each other and some of the nation’s leading experts on tobacco-free policy. More information and agendas from this summit can be found on our website for reference.
About The Director
Ty Patterson was the third person hired after OTC was established in 1990. Prior to taking the leadership position in student services he served as Dean of Students at Coffeyville Community College from 1975 to 1985; Consultant on Community College Transfers at Washburn University from 1985 to 1987; Dean of Student Services at Kansas City Kansas Community College from 1987 to 1991. In 1997 Ty Patterson was assigned to “look into getting tobacco off campus” by president Norman Myers.
Ty Patterson led OTC’s tobacco policy initiative to its implementation in 2003. In addition to his duties as Vice President of Student Affairs he directed the Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy beginning in 2004. In 2008 Patterson retired after 37 years in student affairs but continued to lead the Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy as part time Director until the establishment of the National Center for Tobacco Policy in December 2010 when he joined the NCTP as the Executive Director. You may email him at:email@example.com.