Campus Tobacco Ban

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Background

Currently, more than one in four young adults, age 18 - 24 smoke cigarettes according to the Ohio Department of Health. In 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously to make a strong recommendation to Ohio's college and university trustees to ban tobacco products campus-wide.

 

Summary

The Ohio Board of Regents recently voted unanimously to approve a resolution presented by the Chairman of the Board recommending that each board of trustees of the University System of Ohio consider implementing its own policy to establish its campus as tobacco-free.

The number of campus smoking bans has increased nationally by more than 2,000% in the past six years. In 2006 there were an estimated 34 colleges and universities with a 100% smoke-free campus; as of July of 2012 there are 774 college and university campuses that have a 100% smoke-free policy1. These bans specify that all buildings, residence halls, and the entire campus are entirely smoke-free, no exceptions. There are now three states where the law prohibits smoking on all public campuses (Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Iowa-public and private), affecting a total of 128 campuses.