ERIC Number: EJ950557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Adoption of an Outdoor Residential Hall Smoking Policy in a California Public University: A Case Study
Garg, Trit; Fradkin, Nicholas; Moskowitz, Joel M.
Journal of American College Health, v59 n8 p769-771 2011
Objective: Because secondhand smoke is a public health concern, many colleges have adopted bans to ensure healthier environments. This study demonstrates how outdoor smoking policy change can be accomplished at a large public university. Participants: The participants were 1,537 students housed in residential communities at the University of California, Berkeley, who completed an online survey. Methods: A proposal for smoke-free residential communities that included student resident survey data was prepared. Results: The survey data indicated that most students (77%) were bothered by secondhand smoke, and most (66%) favored smoke-free environments. The data were used to advocate for a change in the residential community smoking policy. Conclusion: The survey data and institutional comparisons played a key role in administrators' decision-making about campus smoking policy. Despite administrators' concerns about students' safety and freedom of choice, student-led advocacy was able to influence policy change.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Smoking, Public Health, Dormitories, School Policy, Case Studies, Universities, Internet, Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Administrator Attitudes, Advocacy, Role, Safety, Freedom, Change Agents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California