Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 U.S. deaths annually, including 41,000 from secondhand smoke exposure. While approximately 90% of smokers start by age 18, 99 % of adult cigarette smokers start smoking before the age of 26, making smoke-free and tobacco-free policies at colleges and universities critically important.
We encourage you to use the following resources to learn more and implement tobacco-free policies on your own campus:
- Tobacco-free Campus Toolkit
This 50-page toolkit from the American Lung Association and PACT contains information and policy guidance, as well as sample documents, examples of a model policy, an implementation timeline, and more.
- Achieving a Healthier Campus by Going Tobacco-free
This 90-minute webinar from the UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center explains the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) and its grant program. Additionally, it provides information on how best to assess students’ attitudes towards tobacco-free policies and tobacco-free policy implementation.
We can help!
Tobacco Free Allegheny provides no-cost policy guidance and technical assistance to any campus/organization that wishes to create a new tobacco-free policy, or strengthen their current policy. Simply fill out a quick survey to get started! (Click here for survey)
- Smoke-free and Tobacco-free Policies in Colleges and Universities (CDC)
- Tobacco-free Generation Campus Initiative (American Cancer Society)
- Benefits of Tobacco-free Policies on Campus (Truth Initiative)
- Tobacco-free Campus Policy Database
- University of California Tobacco-free Toolkit
- American Cancer Society Student Toolkit