Among college-age Americans aged 18-25, 35% were current tobacco users according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This included both collegiate and non-collegiate young people. A rising trend is that of the social smoker: one who smokes in a social setting, typically mixed with alcohol or other drug use. Half or more of college smokers say they are “social” smokers but, over the course of a four-year college period, one in five of these “social” smokers become daily users. College students perceive that tobacco use is more prevalent than it actually is, and the tobacco industry has aggressively targeted this group with the goal of making smoking the social norm. New tobacco products are rising in popularity among college students, including hookah, flavored cigarettes, little cigars, vapes, and e-cigarettes. However, many colleges are instituting tobacco-free campus policies to provide a healthy environment and encourage this lifestyle for students.
- Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
For the most up to date college campuses going smoke-free
- American Lung Association (ALA): Tobacco-Free Campuses
ALA recognizes 100% tobacco-free campuses through a published list and provides resources for colleges and universities that wish to become tobacco-free.
- Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative
- College Tobacco Prevention Resource (CTPR)
CTPR aims to provide practical information, ideas, and guidance to assist college leaders with planning, implementing, and evaluating effective campus tobacco policies and programs.
- Americans for Non-Smokers Rights (ANR): Colleges and Universities
ANR provides a comprehensive list of colleges and universities with smoke-free policies and news on the latest smoke-free campus initiatives.
- The BACCHUS Network
The BACCHUS Network has supported tobacco control with campuses and young adults by providing campuses with best practices, materials, and trainings.
- Tobacco Free U
The BACCHUS Network created a website devoted to tobacco control with college and university campuses and young adults with information about types of tobacco, policy change, data collection and evaluation, and sample campus and community programs.
- Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IMNA): Smoke-Free College Campuses
IMNA encourages campuses to go smoke-free and tobacco-free through research summarized on their website.
- Campus-Community Alliance for Smoke-Free Environments
This is a Missouri-based College Campus Network whose efforts spread the word about the harms associated for smoking.
- Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use 1975-2014 new
Marijuana use has increased among college students in recent years, surpassing tobacco as the primary inhalable substance of choice in that group for the first time, the new study has shown.
- Hookah Smoking: A Growing Threat to Public Health new
Hookah (or waterpipe) smoking is gaining popularity nationwide, especially among urban youth, college students, and young professionals.
- Reducing Hookah Use: A Public Health Challenge for the 21st Century—The BACCUS Network
This report aims to raise awareness about the potential health threat of hookah use among youth and young adults, to correct misperceptions about its alleged safety, and to recommend strategies to curtail its use.
- Research Reveals When and Why College Students Smoke new
- The Effect of a Smoke-Free Campus Policy on College Students’ Smoking Behaviors and Attitudes new
- Adopting Tobacco-Free Policies on Campuses updated
- Creating a Healthier College Campus: A Comprehensive Manual for Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies
- Tobacco-Free U: New York State Dean’s List 2013
- Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities: A Wisconsin Guide
- American Lung Association (ALA): List of 100% Tobacco-Free Colleges (last updated November 2012)
- Tobacco Free U – Policy Successes
This initiative created a “how-to” guide, entitled “One Step at a Time to a Tobacco Free Campus”.
- American Lung Association (ALA) 2012 Report
The ALA came out with a publication in 2012 titled, “Big Tobacco on Campus: Ending the Addiction,” a report on college tobacco use which outlines the problem and provides recommendations.
- American College Health Association (ACHA)
AC HA wrote a position statement on tobacco outlining policy recommendations for college and university campuses.
- Model Policy for a Smoke-Free University – Americans for Non-Smokers Rights (ANR)
ANR developed a guideline for universities who want to draft a smoke-free policy. They also outlined a list of Steps for Enacting a Smoke-Free College Campus Policy.
- An Assessment of America’s Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities
This study examined the extent to which US campuses identified as “100% tobacco-free” by the American Lung Association of Oregon adhered to the American College Health Association’s the most recent guidelines and recommendations promoting tobacco-free environments in colleges and universities.
- Campus Examples—College Tobacco Prevention Resource
CTPR provides in depth case studies that provide a wealth of details about both the policies and the process of campus tobacco prevention from the perspective of the college health service personnel and others who made it happen.