College student reactions to smoking bans in public, on campus and at home

Carla J. Berg, Laura Lessard, Pratibha P. Parelkar, James Thrasher, Michelle C. Kegler, Cam Escoffery, Kathryn Goldade, Jasjit S Ahluwalia

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Abstract

We examined college student reactions to a statewide public smoke-free policy, campus policies and private restrictions through an online survey among 2260 students at a 2-year college and a university and 12 focus groups among smokers. Among survey participants, 34.6% smoked in the past month (35.0% daily, 65.0% non-daily). Correlates of receptivity to public policies included attending the university, not living with smokers and non-smoker status (versus daily and non-daily smoking). Correlates of receptivity to outdoor campus policies included being a university student, unmarried, without children, from homes where parents banned indoor smoking and a non-smoker. Correlates of having home restrictions included not living with smokers, no children, parents banning indoor smoking and non-smoker status. Correlates of having car restrictions included attending the university, not living with smokers, having children, parents banning indoor smoking and non-smoker status. Qualitative findings indicated support for smoke-free policies in public (albeit greater support for those in restaurants versus bars) and on campus. Participants reported concern about smokers' and bar/restaurant owners' rights, while acknowledging several benefits. Overall, 2-year college students and smokers (non-daily and daily) were less supportive of smoke-free policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-118
Number of pages13
JournalHealth education research
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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