Colleges and Universities
Understanding the Problem
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death, killing an estimated 443,000 Americans and 11,700 Georgians each year.
Nearly all tobacco use starts by age 26. 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 18 - 25 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.
- 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.
New trends in tobacco products, such as electronic smoking devices is also a concern among colleges campuses. According to the American College of Health Association (2018), 12.9% of college students have used e-cigarettes within the last 30 days. Additionally, secondhand aerosol from electronic smoking devices is not harmless water vapor. The aerosol created by e-cigarettes can contain ingredients that are harmful and potentially harmful to the public’s health, including nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings; volatile organic compounds; and heavy metals.
Adopting and implementing a tobacco-free policy not only helps to save the lives of tobacco users but also protects the rest of the campus community who may be at risk for secondhand smoke exposure.
100% Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities in Georgia
51 out of 128 colleges/universities are 100% tobacco-free.
Click here to see if your college/university has adopted and implemented a 100% tobacco-free college/university policy.
Here’s How You Can Support Your College/University Policy
This toolkit can assist 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 of a model 100% Tobacco-Free College and University Policy Template
E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults
Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities
Page last reviewed 12/21/2022