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Prev Med. 2011 Oct;53(4-5):347-52. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.07.015. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

The effect of a smoke-free campus policy on college students' smoking behaviors and attitudes.

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Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. seo@indiana.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact of a smoke-free campus policy on college students' smoking behaviors and attitudes.

METHODS:

The current study utilized repeated cross-sectional surveys with a nested 4-wave longitudinal cohort design. Data were collected from undergraduate students at two large matched public universities in Indiana before and after one of the campuses went smoke-free in January 2008. Baseline data were collected in fall 2007 (n=3266) and follow-up data were collected in fall 2009 (n=3207). In addition, volunteers provided longitudinal follow-up data at four different time points.

RESULTS:

In the cross-sectional analyses, students exposed to the smoke-free campus policy demonstrated significant favorable changes in smoking behavior (16.5% to 12.8%, p<0.001), perceptions of peer tobacco use (73.6% to 66.8%, p<0.001), and smoking norms (45.5% to 40.4%, p<0.001) compared to students on the control campus. In the longitudinal analyses, students exposed to the smoke-free campus policy demonstrated these changes plus significant favorable changes in attitudes toward regulation of tobacco (83.2% to 89.9%, p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

The implementation of a smoke-free campus policy may be an effective intervention for reducing tobacco use among college students.

PMID:
21851836
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.07.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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