Understanding the Problem
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature death, killing an estimated 443,000 Americans each year. In Georgia, about 10,000 adults age 35 years and older die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.
According to the 2012 Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults:
- In 2010, there were more than 20 million students enrolled in degree-granting institutions. This does not include faculty, staff, and visitors to campuses who are also impacted by a smoke-free or tobacco-free campus policy.
- Many risk factors, including tobacco use, peak from 1825 years of age; college attendance could be a turning point in choosing not to use tobacco products.
- 24.8% of full-time college students aged 18-22 years old were current smokers in 2010.
- The number of smokers who initiated smoking after age 18 increased from 600,000 in 2002 to 1 million in 2010.
- Progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26.
- While smoking rates are higher for their peers not enrolled in college, college students and campus policies offer a unique opportunity to create and sustain tobacco-free living.
As 1 in 5 college students report use of some type of tobacco product, tobacco use on college campuses remains a major concern. As students transition into this new phase of their lives, initiation of tobacco use during college years is also a concern as 11.5 percent of college students reportedly started smoking occasionally over the course of their four years in school. According to 2010 data from the American College Health Association:
- 15.2 % of college students have used cigarettes within the last 30 days
- 17.3 % of college students report being lifetime users and/or use additional tobacco products.
100% Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities in Georgia
46 out of 128 colleges/universities are 100% tobacco free
Here’s How You Can Support Your College/University Policy
This toolkit can assist the colleges and universities within the state of Georgia in adopting, implementing and enforcing a tobacco free campus policy.
How to Adopt the 100% Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities Policy
This is a template of that a model 100% tobacco free colleges and universities policy should say.