Health Sciences for Health Education & Promotion (B.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Dr. Ashley Walker


The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of tobacco-free policy benefits and enforcement on a campus with a tobacco free policy. Young adults aged 18 to 24 have the highest rate of tobacco use compared with all other age groups in the United States, and are the most targeted by the tobacco industry. Experts recommend that smoke-free and tobacco-free areas are the most effective ways to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and encourage cessation. Surveys were distributed on a campus three years after the implementation of the tobacco-free policy. The study included 198 participants (n=198) and 14% of the participants self-reported as tobacco-users. The results confirmed that students who use tobacco products do have a different perception of the tobacco-free campus policy.

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