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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(7):512-9.

Assessment of college and university campus tobacco-free policies in North Carolina.

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Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA. jose.lee@unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop a reliable and efficient method for assessing prevalence and strength of college/university tobacco-related policies.

PARTICIPANTS:

North Carolina (NC) public universities, community colleges, and private colleges/universities (N = 110).

METHODS:

A census of policies using campus handbooks and Web sites was conducted in March 2011.

RESULTS:

The rating tool is reliable and valid. Ninety-nine percent of NC college/university campuses are smoke-free in all indoor areas. The majority (94/110 [85%]) of colleges and universities regulate smoking and/or tobacco in some or all outdoor areas. Less than 20% of campuses had restrictions for industry marketing, promotion, and sales.

CONCLUSIONS:

Clean indoor air policies are present at all but 1 NC college/university campus, and a growing number have enacted broad outdoor limits to protect students, faculty, and staff from secondhand smoke. Policy census approaches across all other states would quantify the national tobacco-free college campus policy environment and facilitate adoption of tobacco-free campus policies.

PMID:
23002799
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2012.690464
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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