Tobacco-free environments are the first step in changing the community norm of acceptability of tobacco use in recreational areas and is part of a comprehensive approach to prevention and control. These actions are essential in helping to protect our communities from the health risks associated with tobacco use and addiction. Policies that send strong, clear, and consistent anti-tobacco messages can play an important role in preventing tobacco use. Learn more about actions to curb tobacco use throughout different community environments.
- Smoke-Free Housing: While there are no laws that regulate smoking inside homes or condos, if you’re being exposed to secondhand smoke, we may be able to assist.
- Tobacco-Free Colleges: Because 99% of smokers start smoking before the age of 26, colleges are a prime environment where policy can make a tremendous impact. Over 1,700 colleges nationwide have adopted a tobacco or smoke-free campus policy.
- Model Policy for a Tobacco-Free College/University
- College Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative
- American College Health Association
- Smoke and Tobacco Free U.S. Colleges and Universities
- Tobacco-Free Workplaces: Employers concerned about their employees may be able to improve their health and help them be more productive by creating a smoke-free workplace.
- Tobacco-Free Parks: Prohibiting tobacco use in public recreational venues can make it easier for smokers to quit, helps to de-normalize smoking behaviors, especially for youth park users, and decreases tobacco litter and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Creating A Tobacco-Free Community