Within this position statement, ACHA shared how efforts to promote and provide tobacco-free environments have contributed to a reduction in smoking, the assumed prevalence of smoking and other behaviors within the university community, and the negative impacts upon those exposed to the hazards in which these products create.
For the past several years, Frostburg State University has participated in the National College Health Assessment survey to review the status of college student health on our campus and then compare it nationally.
In 2009, we found that 62% of Frostburg State students had never smoked. However, when asked how many other FSU students abstained from smoking, participants felt that 92% of students smoked.
In 2011, our research found that barely 16% of participants had smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days whereas they felt that 90% of students had smoked.
This data was a wakeup call.
Our efforts in promoting a perimeter-based smoking ban on campus (where smoking was prohibited within 25-feet of any university building) had actually increased the perceptions of smoking for our students.
Therefore, to counteract this imbalance and promote a healthier, greener environment for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community, we have decided to become a smoke-free campus.