More than twice as many colleges and universities in the United States were smoke- or tobacco-free in 2017 than in 2012, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In November 2017, at least 2,082 U.S. campuses prohibited smoking and/or smoking and smokeless tobacco products in all indoor and outdoor areas - up from 774 colleges and universities in 2012.
College campuses are ideal settings for promoting health and wellness, according to Corinne Graffunder, Dr.P.H, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. Campus smoke-free and tobacco-free policies provide several benefits by:
- Protecting students, faculty, staff, and guests from the harmful effects of secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosol
- Lessening the social acceptability of tobacco product use
- Promoting smoking cessation
- Keeping young people from starting to use tobacco
According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation’s College Campus Tobacco Policy Database, 80 percent of campuses that have smoke- or tobacco-free policies prohibit e-cigarette use and 41 percent prohibited hookah (water pipe) smoking.
Sourced from: CDC