TitlePredictors of support among students, faculty and staff for a smoke-free university campus.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBraverman, MT, Hoogesteger, LA, Johnson, JA
JournalPreventive Medicine
Date Published02/2015
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Attitude to Health, Faculty, Female, Health Policy, Health Surveys, Humans, Linear Models, Male, Middle Aged, Northwestern United States, Sex Distribution, Smoke-Free Policy, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Students, Tobacco Smoke Pollution, Universities, Young Adult

OBJECTIVES: Students, faculty, and staff at a Pacific Northwest public university were surveyed one year after enactment of a smoke-free campus policy. Objectives were to assess levels of support for a smoke-free campus, ascertain exposure levels to outdoor tobacco smoke, and identify correlates of policy support.

METHOD: A 2013 Web-based survey included 5691 students (response rate 26%) and 2051 faculty/staff (response rate 43%). Measures included support for a smoke-free campus, smoking status, exposure to secondhand smoke, and perceptions of levels of policy support and campus smoking. Logistic regression was used to examine predictors of support.

RESULTS: Seventy-two percent of students and 77% of faculty/staff supported a smoke-free campus. Respondents reported limited exposure to smoke near building entrances, but exposure near campus boundaries was reported by majorities of students (77%) and faculty/staff (55%). Predictors of students' policy support included never-smoker status, perceived support by peers, perceived student smoking prevalence, campus smoke exposure, and female gender, among others. Predictors of faculty/staff support included never-smoker status, perceived policy support by students and peers, campus smoke exposure, female gender, and age.

CONCLUSION: Students, faculty, and staff were strongly supportive of the existing smoke-free campus policy. However, the policy led to smoking activity shifting to the campus periphery.

Alternate JournalPrev Med
PubMed ID25542670