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An analysis of barriers to comprehensive tobacco use policies on college campuses: a case example of the University of Pittsburgh

Chaudhry, Amber (2017) An analysis of barriers to comprehensive tobacco use policies on college campuses: a case example of the University of Pittsburgh. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this thesis is to explore the barriers to comprehensive tobacco use policies on college campuses and examine the case of the University of Pittsburgh’s attempt to enact such a policy, in particular, with regard to e-cigarette and hookah. This thesis also offers a set of recommendations for implementing a comprehensive policy at the University of Pittsburgh that address not only the potential implementation barriers but also the necessary elements for an effective tobacco-free policy identified in the literature. The findings of this research have significant implications for public health in Pittsburgh. The prevalence of tobacco use in Allegheny County remains higher than the national average and as such, the County must find methods to mitigate and ultimately eliminate the harm experienced by residents from tobacco products, whether those occur through direct use or second or third-hand smoke. The use of tobacco products (cigarettes, e-cigarettes and hookah) produces harmful health consequences for users and bystanders alike. This thesis research provides University of Pittsburgh officials with information to develop and implement a comprehensive policy addressing tobacco use on the University’s main and branch campuses. The enactment of this policy would directly combat the growing use of tobacco products among college students and result in positive health outcomes.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chaudhry, Amberasc67@pitt.eduasc67
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTrauth,
Committee MemberHawk,
Committee MemberPrimack,
Date: 25 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 July 2017
Approval Date: 25 September 2017
Submission Date: 2 August 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 62
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-tobacco, campus, policy, smoking, policy, hookah, e-cigarette
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 14:15


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