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Barriers associated with implementing a campus‐wide smoke‐free policy

Philip Adam Harbison (Management and Marketing Department, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)
Marilyn V. Whitman (Management and Marketing Department, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to review the barriers associated with implementing a campus‐wide smoke‐free policy as perceived by the American Cancer Society's Colleges against Cancer (CAC) Program chapter representatives.

Design/methodology/approach

Four focus group sessions were conducted at the annual CAC National Leadership Summit in October 2006. A total of 109 participants, or 41.4 percent of the total population of CAC member institutions, attended the focus groups.

Findings

All participants identified encountering barriers at some stage of the implementation process. Three major themes emerged when participants were asked to identify what they perceived to be the most significant barriers to successfully implementing a campus‐wide smoke‐free policy: lack of administrative and staff support, student involvement, and resources.

Practical implications

With the rising rate of smoking among college students and the release of the 2006 Surgeon General's report citing the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, the need for colleges and universities to take measures not only to curtail the number of smokers, but to limit the exposure to secondhand smoke is intensifying.

Originality/value

A study examining the challenges faced by colleges and universities when trying to implement a campus‐wide smoke‐free policy is absent from the literature. The paper helps in identifying the most significant barriers that may encourage efforts among colleges and universities to lessen or eliminate these barriers.

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Citation

Adam Harbison, P. and Whitman, M.V. (2008), "Barriers associated with implementing a campus‐wide smoke‐free policy", Health Education, Vol. 108 No. 4, pp. 321-331. https://doi.org/10.1108/09654280810884197

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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