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Few U.S. schools of nursing on campuses with smoke-free policies: A Call for Action.
Nurs Outlook 2016 May-Jun; 64(3):271-8NO

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Recognizing that smoke-free policies can significantly reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality by preventing exposure to second-hand smoke and increasing quit rates, members of the Tobacco Control Subgroup of the American Academy of Nursing's (AAN) Health Behavior Expert Panel launched a health policy initiative entitled the Smoke-Free Campus Policy for Schools of Nursing Campaign. Designed as a two-phased initiative, the Campaign is a Call to Action to increase smoke-free policies on campuses with Schools of Nursing across the United States by 2020.

METHODS

Phase I of the AAN Campaign included a cross-sectional study using secondary data analysis to describe the presence of smoke-free policies on campuses of Schools of Nursing across the United States. A list of colleges and universities with smoke-free policies maintained by the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in January 2015 was accessed to conduct the analysis. Schools of Nursing granting baccalaureate and graduate nursing degrees were included. Descriptive statistics were obtained for Schools of Nursing by region of the country and by highest level of nursing degree program of study at each institution.

RESULTS

Smoke-free policies of 689 Schools of Nursing were examined. Of these, 442 (64%) did not have 100% smoke-free policies on their campuses. A greater percentage of nursing schools without a smoke-free policy were located in the Northeast (114, 79%) and West (70, 73%). Nearly half (57, 46%) of the Schools of Nursing with a PhD/DNS program had a smoke-free policy in place compared with all other degree program levels (BS/BSN: 69, 35%; MS/MSN: 83, 35%; DNP: 38, 30%).

CONCLUSIONS

With only 247 (36%) of Schools of Nursing on campuses with comprehensive smoke-free policies, more must be performed to promote healthy learning and working environments for nursing students, staff, and faculty. As public health advocates, nursing leaders in Schools of Nursing have a moral and ethical imperative to advance tobacco control on college campuses to meet the American College Health Association goals for smoke-free/tobacco-free environments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY. Electronic address: jheath@uky.edu.University of Virginia, School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA.University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA.University of Virginia, School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA.University of California Los Angeles, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA.

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26785606

Citation

Heath, Janie, et al. "Few U.S. Schools of Nursing On Campuses With Smoke-free Policies: a Call for Action." Nursing Outlook, vol. 64, no. 3, 2016, pp. 271-8.
Heath J, Hollen PJ, Bialous SA, et al. Few U.S. schools of nursing on campuses with smoke-free policies: A Call for Action. Nurs Outlook. 2016;64(3):271-8.
Heath, J., Hollen, P. J., Bialous, S. A., Coyne, B., & Sarna, L. (2016). Few U.S. schools of nursing on campuses with smoke-free policies: A Call for Action. Nursing Outlook, 64(3), pp. 271-8. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2015.12.008.
Heath J, et al. Few U.S. Schools of Nursing On Campuses With Smoke-free Policies: a Call for Action. Nurs Outlook. 2016;64(3):271-8. PubMed PMID: 26785606.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Few U.S. schools of nursing on campuses with smoke-free policies: A Call for Action. AU - Heath,Janie, AU - Hollen,Patricia J, AU - Bialous,Stella Aguinaga, AU - Coyne,Bethany, AU - Sarna,Linda, Y1 - 2015/12/22/ PY - 2015/08/21/received PY - 2015/11/09/revised PY - 2015/12/09/accepted PY - 2016/1/21/entrez PY - 2016/1/21/pubmed PY - 2017/5/16/medline KW - Schools of nursing KW - Smoke-free policy KW - Tobacco control SP - 271 EP - 8 JF - Nursing outlook JO - Nurs Outlook VL - 64 IS - 3 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Recognizing that smoke-free policies can significantly reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality by preventing exposure to second-hand smoke and increasing quit rates, members of the Tobacco Control Subgroup of the American Academy of Nursing's (AAN) Health Behavior Expert Panel launched a health policy initiative entitled the Smoke-Free Campus Policy for Schools of Nursing Campaign. Designed as a two-phased initiative, the Campaign is a Call to Action to increase smoke-free policies on campuses with Schools of Nursing across the United States by 2020. METHODS: Phase I of the AAN Campaign included a cross-sectional study using secondary data analysis to describe the presence of smoke-free policies on campuses of Schools of Nursing across the United States. A list of colleges and universities with smoke-free policies maintained by the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in January 2015 was accessed to conduct the analysis. Schools of Nursing granting baccalaureate and graduate nursing degrees were included. Descriptive statistics were obtained for Schools of Nursing by region of the country and by highest level of nursing degree program of study at each institution. RESULTS: Smoke-free policies of 689 Schools of Nursing were examined. Of these, 442 (64%) did not have 100% smoke-free policies on their campuses. A greater percentage of nursing schools without a smoke-free policy were located in the Northeast (114, 79%) and West (70, 73%). Nearly half (57, 46%) of the Schools of Nursing with a PhD/DNS program had a smoke-free policy in place compared with all other degree program levels (BS/BSN: 69, 35%; MS/MSN: 83, 35%; DNP: 38, 30%). CONCLUSIONS: With only 247 (36%) of Schools of Nursing on campuses with comprehensive smoke-free policies, more must be performed to promote healthy learning and working environments for nursing students, staff, and faculty. As public health advocates, nursing leaders in Schools of Nursing have a moral and ethical imperative to advance tobacco control on college campuses to meet the American College Health Association goals for smoke-free/tobacco-free environments. SN - 1528-3968 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26785606/Few_U_S__schools_of_nursing_on_campuses_with_smoke_free_policies:_A_Call_for_Action_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0029-6554(15)00340-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -