As awareness grows regarding the negative medical impact of smoking, more young people want to live healthier lives. College and university campuses across the United States are enacting smoke-free policies. Administrators as well as students want to breathe clean air while at school.
Currently (2013/2014 school year), approximately 33 percent of all Maryland campuses (colleges and universities) are following the national trend. The University of Maryland system, with all ten campuses, has adopted a system-wide smoke-free policy which is in effect this school year. To date, only two Maryland private schools with religious affiliations have also enacted smoke-free policies.
The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation released a statement:
“We’re seeing activity in all corners of the country and by all kinds of campuses,” said Liz Williams, Project Manager. “In the last four years, we’ve seen a massive uptake [of smoke-free policies].”
This uptake has resulted in double the number of smoke-free campuses since 2010. There are approximately 1,127 institutions that prohibit smoking on their campuses. State and publicly-funded universities are leading the push in Maryland.