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A Quantitative and Geospatial Analysis of the University of South Florida’s Tobacco-Free Policy
Poster Title: A Quantitative and Geospatial Analysis of the University of South Florida’s Tobacco-Free Policy
Submitted on 09 Feb 2018
Author(s): Sarah E. Powell, Amy Gatto MPH, Shahriar Zamani, Liberty B. Sales, Rita DeBate PhD
Affiliations: University of South Florida Center for Transdisciplinary Research in College Health and Well-being
This poster was presented at USF Health Research Day 2018
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Abstract: Abstract: Brief Abstract: A college campus that implemented a tobacco-free policy continued to observe tobacco use on campus. To analyze this newly implemented tobacco-free policy at a large urban college a cross-sectional study was implemented. It included a campus wide survey as well as observational geospatial data of tobacco policy violations. The survey collected information regarding knowledge of the tobacco-free policy. The geospatial data was collected using ArcGIS Collector application, points of observed tobacco-free policy violations are mapped. The created map allows campus policy makers to visualize where tobacco policy enforcement needs strengthening. With the growing number of colleges creating tobacco-free policies, new and innovative evaluation techniques are needed to ensure the policies are resulting their desired effect: reduced smoking on campuses.Summary: A college campus has a new and innovative tobacco-free policy. This policy banned the use of all tobacco products. However, tobacco continued being used. To find out where, and why tobacco use continued a research team conducted a community survey and used mapping technology to visualize where tobacco was still being used. Both the survey and the map are being used to re-implement the tobacco-free policy.References: American College Health Association. (2017). Healthy Campus 2020 - Student Objectives. Retrieved from

Bennett, B. L., Deiner, M., & Pokhrel, P. (2017). College anti-smoking policies and student smoking behavior: a review of the literature. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 15(1), 11. doi:10.1186/s12971-017-0117-z

Burke, R. C., Cinderich, A. B., Prince, L., & Curtis, A. (2015). Utilizing Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Video to Analyze Patterns of Secondhand Smoke Exposure on College Campuses. J Am Coll Health, 63(8), 574-578. doi:10.1080/07448481.2015.1031239

Cho, H., Lee, K., Hwang, Y., Richardson, P., Bratset, H., Teeters, E., . . . Hahn, E. J. (2014). Outdoor tobacco smoke exposure at the perimeter of a tobacco-free university. J Air Waste Manag Assoc, 64(8), 863-866.

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