Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-2014

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Siobhan Maty

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Millions of people continue to use tobacco products, despite the well-known adverse health effects that they cause to the human body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. The trend in tobacco and smoke-free college campuses is a step towards decreasing the use of these dangerous, habit forming products. Research also shows that there are no safe levels of secondhand smoke, therefore, preventing exposure is a key component to a healthy campus community. Although there are many different reasons for these programs, and many different approaches to implementing these programs, it is important to understand the highlights and the difficulties of these policies on college campuses. This thesis works to explore and explain the positive and negative aspects of college campus tobacco-free policies in the United States while working to highlight and reiterate the dangers of smoking and its effect on the surrounding community via secondhand smoke.

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