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ERIC Number: EJ897773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Assessing Support for Campus Tobacco Policy in Tobacco Country
Whipple, Kerry; Simmons, Susan J.; Caldwell, Rebecca; Dowd, Deborah
Health Educator, v42 n1 p3-11 Spr 2010
Introduction: Implementation of comprehensive tobacco policies has shown positive results regarding limiting exposure to secondhand smoke. While many states were moving forward with respect to implementation of tobacco policies, North Carolina has lagged behind in this regard. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess support for a comprehensive tobacco policy from university freshmen before implementation of campus policy and university freshmen after implementation of campus policy. Methods: A 43-item survey was administered to all university freshmen in a required physical education class in 2007 (N = 271) and in 2009 (N = 192). The smoker category included both daily smokers and social smokers (defined as "smoke only when I drink" or "smoke occasionally"). The nonsmoker category included "never smoked" and "former smoker." Results: Results demonstrated high support for tobacco policy even in a culture that historically has supported tobacco use. Some significant changes were demonstrated both between 2007 and 2009 among all participants and between smokers and nonsmokers regarding components of a comprehensive campus tobacco policy. Discussion: As results demonstrated in this study, this campus had a high level of support for a campus policy giving the campus opportunities to change norms and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke. However, resources for enforcement and future studies regarding social smokers must be considered. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina