STEADY PROGRESS ON SMOKE-FREE CAMPUSES BUT NOT ON THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are now 2,599 smoke-free campus sites. Of these, 2,162 are 100% tobacco-free, 2,233 prohibit e-cigarette use, and 571 prohibit vaping or smoking marijuana. However, progress .in reducing cigarette, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarette, and hookah use among U.S. university students has slowed. Prevalence may be as high as 25%. Globally, reported smoking prevalence among university students ranges from 14% in Brazil to 60% in Bangladesh. A little-studied obstacle to reducing tobacco use among university students is the ongoing financial ties between the tobacco industry and universities. Coordinated strategies to diminish the influence of the tobacco industry in academia are lagging and require greater attention by tobacco control proponents.