Increased adoption of smoke-free policies on campuses with schools of nursing

Nurs Outlook. Nov-Dec 2019;67(6):760-764. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.06.006. Epub 2019 Jun 18.


Background: In 2015, the majority of U.S. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-accredited schools of nursing resided on campuses without smoke-free policies.

Purpose: To determine the presence of smoke-free policies at AACN-accredited after resolutions from AACN and the American Academy of Nursing, and the creation of online resources.

Methods: Smoke-free policies (2015-2017) were determined through listings on the ANRF College Campus Policy Database© and survey responses from nursing deans.

Results: Smoke-free policies for 689 schools of nursing increased from 36% in 2015 to 91% in 2017. There were no significant differences by nursing program types or geographic area. Twenty percent of deans reported using the resources, with over 1700-page views.

Conclusion: Smoke-free policies increased after support from two national nursing organizations. Learning in a smoke-free environment should be an expectation for nursing students to protect their own health, and to support their future critical role in tobacco control.

Keywords: Schools of Nursing; Smoke-free policy; Tobacco cessation; University campuses.

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Health Policy / trends*
  • Humans
  • Schools, Nursing / standards*
  • Schools, Nursing / trends*
  • Smoke-Free Policy / trends*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Universities / standards*
  • Universities / trends*