The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) publishes a list of campuses that have comprehensive tobacco-free or smoke-free policies in place. As of January 2, 2017, there were 1,757 100% smoke-free campuses, of which 1,468 — more than two-thirds! — were fully tobacco-free. In addition, a rapidly growing number of 1,331 now also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, anywhere on campus. Impressively, rapid policy development has occurred in other related areas: 652 of these campuses also explicitly prohibit hookah use and 109 now prohibit smoking/vaping of marijuana.
Reflecting our extraordinary progress, the number of college and university campuses in the U.S. that have adopted comprehensive smoke-free policies has more than doubled since TFCCI’s launch in September 2012. At that time, there were 774 campuses with 100% smoke-free policies, 562 of them tobacco-free. Since then, 983 more campuses have adopted comprehensive policies, with an impressive 906 of those going tobacco-free.
A few states have taken statewide approaches. In Arkansas and Illinois, all public institutions of higher education are required to be both smoke- and e-cigarette-free. In Iowa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, all campuses, both public and private institutions have to be smoke-free. Louisiana, Illinois, and Arkansas requires that all state-supported institutions of higher education be smoke-free.
Click here for ANRF’s complete state-by-state listing of smoke-free and tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States. Want to know how to qualify for ANRF’s smoke- and tobacco-free college and university listing? Click here for the criteria.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone working on the national movement to help campuses be tobacco-free! To learn more about TFCCI’s partners, click here.