A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report was released about “Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policies in Colleges and Universities ― United States and Territories, 2017.” The report highlights the dramatic increase in smoke and tobacco free campus policies at university and college campuses in the US in the last five years.
The U.S. Surgeon General concluded years ago that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke. Public smoking bans are now well established in the research as an effective way to improve reduce smoking and limit exposure to secondhand smoke.
From the report: “Because nearly all adult cigarette smokers begin smoking by young adulthood (2), colleges and universities can serve an important role in preventing tobacco product use initiation among nonusers, while also protecting students, faculty, staff members, and guests from secondhand smoke exposure. Continued efforts to monitor, promote, implement, and enforce smoke-free and tobacco-free policies in U.S. colleges and universities, in coordination with continued implementation of proven population-based interventions and tobacco product regulation, can help reduce the burden of tobacco product use among those who learn, live, work, and gather in these environments.”