School nurses' opinions about the prevention of tobacco use

J Community Health Nurs. Winter 2005;22(4):205-11. doi: 10.1207/s15327655jchn2204_3.


To further understand school nurses' tobacco policy beliefs and attitudes toward tobacco companies, a convenience sample of 53 school nurses completed questionnaires about anti-tobacco policies and attitudes toward tobacco companies. Overall, these nurses strongly agreed with tobacco policies such as banning youths from wearing clothing with a tobacco logo to school and fining restaurant owners who permit smoking. In addition, these nurses on average were negative toward tobacco companies. For example, they thought that tobacco companies and advertising leads to youth tobacco use. However, this group of school nurses thought that youths were basically neutral toward tobacco companies. Considering their professional experience with tobacco prevention at school, school nurses would be logical designers of tobacco prevention school interventions. An implication of these results is that school nurse education should include policy and activism components.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Adult
  • Advertising
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Female
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Lobbying
  • Middle Aged
  • Mississippi
  • Negativism
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Staff / education
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Primary Prevention / organization & administration
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Restaurants
  • School Nursing / education
  • School Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Industry