Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative
Over 1 million of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking. Among adults who had ever smoked daily, about 88.2% reported trying their first cigarette by 18 years of age, while an additional 10.8% did so by 26 years of age.
Furthermore, it has been found that there are few who start smoking or transition to daily smoking in adulthood after 26 years of age. This underscores the importance of supporting young adults with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their environments.
The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Center for Tobacco Control launched a bold new initiative – the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) – to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke and tobacco free policies on college and university campuses across the nation. This initiative is supported by the CVS Health Foundation, whose purpose is helping people on their path to better health.
Goals and Objectives
To implement a campus-wide 100% smoke and tobacco free policy at USF, which includes all grounds and properties, including residential facilities.
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 TFGCI Program Evaluation
Through the TFGCI, a student survey was distributed to all enrolled students in fall 2017. The survey collected information on respondents' background characteristics, tobacco use, cessation attempts, secondhand smoke exposure, and their knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about campus tobacco policies.