Event Title

The Differing Effects of a Tobacco Ban between Social and Non-Social Student Smokers at UWSP.

Mentor 1

Sue Bailey

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

24-4-2015 11:45 AM

Description

In the fall of 2014 a tobacco-free policy was implemented at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The policy is self-enforced by students and staff, and so the effectiveness of this ban relies on its social power rather than legal measures. In a 2004 study, Moran, Wechsler, & Rigotti found that over half of college-aged smokers self identify as social smokers - individuals who smoke predominately as a social activity rather than out of habit. As such, it seems that this ban may affect regular smokers and social smokers differently. To better understand how this policy will impact smokers at UWSP, this study aims to: 1) describe any changes in smoking locale after the implementation of the ban, and 2) determine any differences between social smokers' and regular smokers in regards to their: a) support of the ban, and b) attempts to quit smoking before and after the ban. This study will assess the popularity of a given spot based on the accretion of cigarette butts. Surveys pertaining to the research questions will be given out to the smoking population via convenience sampling and then snowball sampling.

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The Differing Effects of a Tobacco Ban between Social and Non-Social Student Smokers at UWSP.

Union Wisconsin Room

In the fall of 2014 a tobacco-free policy was implemented at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The policy is self-enforced by students and staff, and so the effectiveness of this ban relies on its social power rather than legal measures. In a 2004 study, Moran, Wechsler, & Rigotti found that over half of college-aged smokers self identify as social smokers - individuals who smoke predominately as a social activity rather than out of habit. As such, it seems that this ban may affect regular smokers and social smokers differently. To better understand how this policy will impact smokers at UWSP, this study aims to: 1) describe any changes in smoking locale after the implementation of the ban, and 2) determine any differences between social smokers' and regular smokers in regards to their: a) support of the ban, and b) attempts to quit smoking before and after the ban. This study will assess the popularity of a given spot based on the accretion of cigarette butts. Surveys pertaining to the research questions will be given out to the smoking population via convenience sampling and then snowball sampling.