US public universities' compliance with recommended tobacco-control policies

J Am Coll Health. 2003 Mar;51(5):181-8. doi: 10.1080/07448480309596349.


To address the rise in tobacco use among college students, several national health organizations, including the American College Health Association, recommend that colleges enact smoking bans in and around all campus buildings, including student housing, and prohibit the sale, advertisement, and promotion of tobacco products on campus. Key informants at 50 US public universities, one from each state, were interviewed during the 2001/2002 academic year to assess the prevalence of these recommended policies. More than half (54%) of the colleges banned smoking in all campus buildings and student residences, 68% had no tobacco sales on campus, and 32% of the schools' newspapers did not accept tobacco advertising. Regional differences in adoption of these campus tobacco-control policies were present. Although this national sample of public universities had implemented some of the recommended policies, they must take further actions to comply fully with campus tobacco-control guidelines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Public Sector*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • United States
  • Universities / organization & administration*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution