A healthier place for students, staff, faculty and visitors
Getting Started: Building the case for a Tobacco-Free Campus
A tobacco-free policy prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products on all school properties and in all school-owned or leased vehicles. A comprehensive tobacco use policy also prohibits the sale of tobacco products on campus, tobacco advertisements in school publications, and tobacco company sponsorship of school programs and events.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Increase Quit Attempts
Tobacco-free campus policies are proven to increase quit attempts. In conjunction with a well-funded cessation program, creating a supportive, tobacco-free environment is key to helping tobacco-users quit.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Decrease Tobacco Use and Initiation
By establishing the social norm of non-tobacco use, policies help reduce the likelihood that a student will initiate tobacco use while on campus.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Reduce Exposure to Tobacco
These policies reduce exposure to harmful secondhand smoke. Policies protect the health of nonsmoking students—especially those with health conditions triggered by smoke.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Decrease Tobacco Litter
Policies reduce tobacco litter, creating a cleaner and “greener” environment for the campus and the surrounding community and decreasing maintenance costs.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Eliminate Ties to the Tobacco Industry
Tobacco-free policies help colleges fulfill their missions. An unhealthy campus with ties to the tobacco industry does not align with academic leadership and respected research.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Prepare Students for a Tobacco-Free Workplace
A tobacco-free campus prepares students for tobacco-free work environments. Many worksites are tobacco free and this trend continues to rise. Non-tobacco users will be better suited for today’s workforce.