Objective: To measure comprehensiveness of California campus tobacco policies.
Participants: Sixteen campuses representing different regions, institution types, and policies. Research occurred June-August 2013.
Methods: Comprehensiveness was scored using American College Health Association's (ACHA) Position Statement on Tobacco. The Institutional Grammar Tool was used to breakdown policy statements into Strategies, Norms, or Rules. Differences in ACHA score and number of Strategies, Norms, and Rules were assessed by region, policy, and institution type.
Results: Median ACHA score was 0.35 (scale of 0-1). Schools with 100% tobacco-free policies had highest ACHA scores, but failed to address relationships between schools and tobacco companies. Less than half the schools assessed (7/16) had Rules (enforceable penalties related to policies). In 67% of the policy statements, individuals doing the action were implied (not specifically stated).
Conclusion: Campuses should address ACHA recommendations related to campus relationships with tobacco companies, include enforceable rules, and specify individuals and entities covered by policy.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of American College Health|
|State||Published - Jan 2 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This article was supported in part by grants from California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, numbers 9KT-0072, 20GT-0099, 21HT-0002, and 22FT-0069 and the National Cancer Institute grants CA-061021 and CA-113710. The funding agencies played no role in the conduct of the research or preparation of the manuscript.
© 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
- campus tobacco policies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health