Tobacco Free Campus

Policy Development, Implementation, and Enforcement

Topics: Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How was the tobacco-free policy developed and what role did administrators, students, and faculty play?
  • How do other institutions communicate new tobacco-free policies to current and prospective students?
  • How did administrators garner student support for the policy?
  • What steps did other institutions take to reduce smoking prior to a full ban?
  • Were tobacco cessation support programs offered as part of policy implementation?
  • Who enforces the policy and what are the sanctions for not following the policy?
  • How have administrators measured the effect of tobacco-free policies?
  • What challenges arose during the policy implementation process and how did administrators resolve them?


Across the nation, an increasing number of higher education institutions are enacting smoke- and tobacco-free policies to protect campus community members from second hand smoke and to reduce smoking among faculty, staff, and students. This report considers steps for successful policy development and implementation, including media for communicating the policy to campus constituents. Additionally, tobacco cessation programs are explored. Finally, the report profiles policy enforcers, sanctions, and policy assessment mechanisms.


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