Get the Facts!Recommendations from the 2011 American College Health Association Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses encourage colleges and universities to be diligent in their efforts to achieve 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environments.
Smoking and tobacco-free policies have a positive impact on helping smokers quit and on preventing individuals from ever starting.
- Adopting a tobacco-free campus policy highlights an institution of higher education’s commitment to providing a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
- There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Surveys have found that 88% of 18-24 year olds believe that people should be protected from secondhand smoke.
- Students are accustomed to tobacco-free environments in Maine. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor, and many outdoor public places.
Tobacco-free higher education policies are becoming the norm rather than the exception in Maine. As of 2016, 82% of Maine Colleges and Universities have adopted smoke and tobacco-free campus policies. Additionally, surveys completed in 2017 of Career & Trade Schools found that the majority have policies that prohibit tobacco products in at least some of their campus locations. Nationally, the American’s for Nonsmokers Rights reports that more than 2,000 higher education campuses have smoke-free policies with many of those addressing all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vape devices.