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Tobacco-Free Schools, Colleges and Universities

Ohio State Board of Education Supports Tobacco-Free Schools

Tobacco prevention efforts in Ohio achieved an important milestone this week when the Ohio State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a resolution endorsing the 100 percent tobacco-free school campuses model policy developed through the board’s Capacity Committee.

The 15 to 0 vote in favor of the 100 percent tobacco-free schools model policy occurred on July 12, 2011 and capped a year-long effort begun by the Delaware General Health District and its Tobacco-Free Delaware County Coalition and supported by the Ohio Department of Health, the American Heart Association and others to further tobacco-use prevention efforts in Ohio’s schools.

While not a mandatory policy, the resolution accompanied by the suggested model policy, will be shared by the Ohio Department of Education with school superintendents and others across Ohio with a recommendation for adoption.    

Board of Regents Recommends Tobacco Ban

On July 23, 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents today voted unanimously to approve a resolution presented by Regents’ Chairman James Tuschman recommending that each board of trustees of the University System of Ohio consider implementing its own policy to establish its campus as tobacco-free.  Click here for news media coverage of the vote.

Tobacco-Free Schools

Tobacco Free School Signage Request

Tobacco-Free Schools Toolkit

Tobacco Free Schools Scoring Rubric

Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities

Ohio College and University Tobacco-Free Policies: Progress and Areas of Promise

Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities Toolkit

Tobacco-Free College Campus Presentation

Watch the Vote by Board of Regents Recommending a Tobacco Ban

The Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation Program of the Ohio Department of Health hosted the first college/university stakeholder conference call on October 24, 2011 and quarterly since then.  If you would like to join the stakeholder group please contact Patricia Sheard at


Last Reviewed 06/10/2014