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Tobacco-Free Campuses in Ohio –
A Growing Trend  Cleveland State University

To download the Ohio Tobacco-free Campus Model Policy, click here. 

More than 24 percent1 of Ohio's smokers are between the ages of 18 and 24.
The tobacco industry heavily markets its products toward college students.

Did you know:

  • That nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin?2
  • That smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined?3
  • That the tobacco industry spends $8.37 billion a year in marketing?4

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that college-age adults already show signs of cardiovascular and lung damage, along with other health risks. The dangers of secondhand smoke have been proven to affect the health of others, as well.

In July 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously to recommend that each board of trustees of the University System of Ohio consider adopting a tobacco-free policy.

A growing number of colleges and universities in Ohio have adopted (or are evaluating or in the process of adopting) tobacco-free campus policies to protect the health of their students, staff, and campus visitors.

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation program provides outreach, educational materials, conference calls, events, webinars, and other resources  for college administrators seeking to adopt smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.

Ohio Colleges and Universities with Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Policies

(Policies not fully rated as 100% tobacco-free marked with *)

Central Ohio Technical College - Coshocton* 

Cleveland State University*

Kent State University*

Ohio Northern University*

Ohio State University*

Rhodes State College*

Wilberforce University

Wright State University*


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Source Information:

12012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Chronic Disease and Behavioral Epidemiology, Bureau of Healthy Ohio, Ohio Department of Health, 2013.