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Overview

The intent of the Texas Institutions of Higher Education and Their Tobacco Policies searchable database is to assist campuses, community members, and concerned stakeholders in quickly identifying the tobacco-free campus policies of Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs).

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, as of January 2015 in the United States, “there are at least 1,514 100% smokefree campuses. Of these, 1,014 are 100% tobacco-free, and 587 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on campus.”.

For this database, Texans Standing Tall (TST) examined the policies of more than 160 Texas IHEs and classified whether each campus is:
  • 100% smoke-free
  • 100% smokeless tobacco-free
  • 100% e-cigarette-free

This database recognizes campuses in Texas that have dedicated time and resources to become 100% smoke-free, smokeless tobacco-free, and e-cigarette-free and is meant to encourage action among institutions that do not have a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. The database will serve as a tool for campuses, community members, coalitions, and concerned stakeholders to better understand existing campus policies and to support implementation of comprehensive tobacco-free policies on more campuses.

What is a comprehensive tobacco-free policy?
Texans Standing Tall used Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation best practices to establish the definition of a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. To qualify as a comprehensive tobacco-free campus, a college must prohibit smoking as well as smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette use on all of its campuses and controlled properties at all times. The policy must prohibit the use of any tobacco product on campus property, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini cigars, hookahs, spit tobacco, and snus. It also prohibits the use of innovations in smoke or tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes.

   
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