Benefits of Adopting a Tobacco-Free Policy

Universitiy and college campuses are worksites and play a vital role in enhancing the health of students, faculty and other staff. Establishing tobacco-free policies not only benefit students but also faculty, other staff and visitors. 

The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke found that workplace smoking restrictions reduce secondhand smoke exposure and smoking in the workplace (USDHHS, 2006). Furthermore, the CDC cites other studies which have shown that workplace smoking bans and restrictions can reduce the amount of daily smoking among workers and increase the number of employees who stop smoking.  The findings of these studies include: 

  • An association between workplace smoking policies, particularly more restrictive policies, and decreases in the number of cigarettes smoked per day, increases in attempts to stop smoking, and increases in smoking cessation rates. (USDHHS, 2006
  • Sufficient evidence that smokefree workplaces and designated public places reduce tobacco use among workers or community members. (Hopkins, Razi, Leeks, Priya, Chattopadhyah, Soler, 2010)
  • Smokefree-worksites policies are associated with lower cigarette consumption and higher cessation among employees. (Bauer, Hyland, Li,  Steger, Cummings, 2005