Factors Predicting the Impact of Tobacco-free Policies on a Southeastern United States University Campus
Keywords:Tobacco Policy, Health Promotion, University Health
The study aimed to examine which factors significantly predict perceived impact of a 100% tobacco-free campus policy among faculty, staff, and students. There were 1,761 participants among faculty, staff and students at a university in Southeastern United States. An email link to the online survey was sent to all eligible participants. There were six statistically significant covariates of perceived impact of having a tobacco-free campus policy determined through logistic regression: female, heterosexual, past tobacco use, current tobacco use, student, social norms. Those participants identifying as female, heterosexual, faculty and denied past tobacco use were most likely to support the tobacco-free policy. Targeted messaging aimed to address differences among roles, sexual orientation, and gender needs to be developed to gain support for 100% tobacco-free campuses among groups that view these policies less favorably.
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