The tobacco industry targets young adults in college. College administrators can promote healthful student development by adopting tobacco-free campus policies.
I managed the evaluation of the NC Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative, and NC led the nation in the number of voluntarily adopted tobacco-free campus policies.
While we know that smoke-free policies work, we know little about their impact on college campuses. We used cigarette butts near entrances to key buildings to provide an objective measure of effectiveness.
I helped colleagues at UNC document that tobacco-free policy adoption has no negative implications for applications, transfers, or enrollment.