206337 Smoke-free laws and smoke-free school campus policies

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Amanda T. Fallin, BSN, RN , College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Mary Kay Rayens, PhD , College of Nursing and College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Ellen Hahn, DNS, RN , Tobacco Research and Prevention Program, University of Kentucky College of Nursing and College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and Kentucky youth use tobacco at a consistently high rate. Smoke free ordinances/regulations are effective interventions for encouraging cessation and preventing initiation among youth. Smoke-free school policies that prohibit tobacco use on the entire campus create a pro-health norm. Youth who attend schools that permit employee smoking are more likely to be smokers. Schools located in communities with a smoke free law or ordinance may be more likely to adopt or maintain a comprehensive smoke-free school policy. No studies have examined the relationship between community-wide smoke-free laws/regulations and smoke-free school campus policies. The purpose of this secondary data analysis was to examine the association between smoke-free ordinances or regulations and smoke-free school policies in Kentucky middle and high schools. Administrators from 734 middle and high, public and private, schools completed a telephone survey. Logistic regression determined if the presence of a smoke-free ordinance or Board of Health regulation was predictive of comprehensive school policies, controlling for county-level population size, median household income, and pounds of tobacco produced. Schools located in communities with smoke-free laws or regulations were 3.5 times more likely to have a smoke-free school campus policy, compared to schools in communities without these laws or regulations. These findings suggest that community smoke-free laws or ordinances may help foster strong school tobacco policies which could help reduce Kentucky's high rate of youth smoking.

Learning Objectives:
To analyze the association between local smoke-free ordinances/regulations and smoke-free school campus policies

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a BSN to PhD student with experience working with the Tobacco Policy Research Program
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.