Brief Assessment of Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Among University Residence Hall Employees


  • Timothy F. Day
  • Ronald D. Williams, Jr.
  • Barry P. Hunt
  • Michael E. Hall



Tobacco, College students, Smoke-free policy


The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of tobacco-free campus policies among residence life student employees. A survey was developed and administered to resident advisors yielding a total sample of 114 participants. Results showed differences between the tobacco-users’ and non-users’ age, tobacco-related health beliefs, and tobacco-free policy support. Tobacco users (47.6%) were also less likely than non-users (84.9%) to view tobacco use as a serious health risk (p<.001), as well as less likely to support a tobacco free campus (33.3% vs. 78.3%; p<.001). Residence life employees who use tobacco and those who do not use tobacco had different beliefs of effective enforcement strategies, which is important since this population is often part of the on-campus policy enforcement staff.


Author Biographies

Timothy F. Day

Timothy F. Day, MS Doctoral Student University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Public Health Education

Ronald D. Williams, Jr.

Ronald D. Williams, Jr., PhD, CHES Assistant Professor Texas
State University Department of Health and Human Performance 601 University Drive, Jowers Center A133 San Marcos, TX 78666 Phone: 512-245-2947 Fax: 512-245-8678 

Barry P. Hunt

Barry P. Hunt, EdD Professor Mississippi State University Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Michael E. Hall

Michael E. Hall, PhD, CHES Assistant Professor Florida Atlantic University Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion



How to Cite

Day, T., Williams, R., Hunt, B., & Hall, M. (2020). Brief Assessment of Tobacco-Free Campus Policies Among University Residence Hall Employees. American Journal of Health Studies, 29(3).