Tobacco-Free Campuses: A Trend for Health

Original Post Written By: Mary Carney

tobacco free campusAccording to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. have adopted smoke-free or tobacco-free campus policies in recent years. These policies aim to change the norms on campus – making it easier for students to quit or never start smoking. They also aim to reduce people’s exposure to secondhand smoke and eliminate cigarette butt litter on campus grounds. There is evidence that tobacco-free campus policies are effective in all these aims (this study, for example). Read more about the movement for tobacco-free colleges and universities in New York State.

 

 

Sources:

  1. American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation – http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf – a list of 1,182 U.S. campuses with smoke-free or tobacco-free policies
  2. Cigarette butt litter – http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/22/2/107.short – the abstract of an article published in Tobacco Control in 2013 entitled “Cigarette butts near building entrances: what is the impact of smoke-free college campus policies?”
  3. This study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23002798 – the abstract of an article published in the Journal of American College Health in 2012 entitled “Changes in smoking prevalence, attitudes, and beliefs over 4 years following a campus-wide anti-tobacco intervention.”
  4. Read more… – http://www.nystobaccofreecolleges.org – the website of the New York State Tobacco Free Colleges initiative (a partnership of the American Cancer Society and the Community Partners for a Tobacco Free New York)