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Tobacco-Free Schools

Tobacco prevention efforts in Ohio achieved an important milestone in July 2011 when the Ohio State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a resolution endorsing the 100 percent tobacco-free public school campuses model policy.

Download the tobacco-free schools toolkit here

Download the tobacco-free schools model policy here

Teens and Tobacco

Nearly nine out of ten smokers first tried cigarettes by age 18, and 99 percent first tried cigarettes by age 26. Each day in the U.S., more than 3,200 youth ages 18 and younger smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 2,100 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers.

If smoking persists at the current rate among youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans 18 years and younger are projected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a fact sheet that shows the relationship between youth tobacco use and reduced academic performance. Learn more here.

School Districts

Tobacco-Free Schools Policies for Ohio School Districts:

Tobacco prevention efforts in Ohio achieved an important milestone in July 2011 when the Ohio State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a resolution endorsing the 100 percent tobacco-free public school campuses model policy. An increasing number of school districts are adopting tobacco-free policies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that college-age adults who smoke already show signs of cardiovascular and lung damage, along with other health risks.

The dangers of secondhand smoke have been proven to affect the health of others, as well.

A growing number of school districts have adopted (or are in the process of adopting) tobacco-free policies to protect the health of their students, staff, and visitors.

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation Program provides outreach, educational materials, conference calls, events, webinars, and other resources for school administrators seeking to adopt smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.

Ohio School Districts with 100% Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Policies

For a full list of schools (including those not at 100%) and their scores, click here (link)

Adams County

Ohio Valley Local School District

Allen County

Allen East Local School District
Bath Local
Bluffton EVSD
Delphos City
Shawnee Local
Spencerville Local

Athens County

Alexander Local
Federal Hocking Local
Trimble Local

Belmont County

St Clairsville Richland City
Union Local

Butler County

Edgewood City SD

Carrol County

Carrollton EVSD
Brown Local Schools

Clark County

Northwestern Local
Springfield - Clark CTC

Clermont County

Milford Exempted Village School District

Crawford County

Crestline EVSD

Cuyahoga County

Bay Village School District
Beachwood City
Bedford City School District
Garfield Heights City School District
Maple Heights City
North Royalton City School District
Rocky River City School District

Darke County

Versailles Exempted Village

Erie County

Huron City School District
Perkins LSD

Fairfield County

Amanda Clearcreek
Bloom-Carroll Local SD

Franklin County

Bexley City Schools
Columbus City Schools
Hilliard City Schools
Whitehall City Schools
Worthington City SD

Geauga County

Chardon Local School District

Greene County

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School District

Guernsey County

East Guernsey Local SD

Hamilton County

Norwood City

Hocking County

Logan Hocking

Lake County

Fairport Harbor EXVSD

Licking County

Granville EVSD
Heath City Schools               
Lakewood Local
Licking Valley

Lorain County

Avon Lake City SD
Keystone Local
Firelands LSD
Lorain County JVSD

Lucas County

Oregon

Mahoning County

Austintown SD

Marion County

Elgin Local
Tri Rivers Career Center

Medina County

Black River LSD
Brunswick

Monroe County

Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools

Montgomery County

Brooksville Local
Centerville City
Dayton City
Huber Heights City
Jefferson Township
Mad River Local Schools
Miamisburg Local
New Lebanon Local
Northmont City
Oakwood City SD
West Carrolton City

Pickaway County

Circleville City School District
Teays City School District
Westfall Local School District

Portage County

Kent City

Preble County

Eaton Community School District

Ross County

Chillicothe City
Paint Valley Local

Sandusky County

Woodmore Valley Local

Scioto County

Scioto County Career Technical Center

Seneca County

Hopewell Loudon Local

Summit County

Coventry Local
Copley Fairlawn City
Springfield Local
Twinsburg City Schools

Trumbull County

Southington Local School District
Trumbull Career Technical Center
McDonald Local School District

Union County

Fairbanks Local School District
Marysville Exempted Village
North Union Local

Washington County

Belpre City LSD
Fort Frye Local SD

Warren County

Little Miami Local School District
Mason City School District

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Have Questions?  Call us at 614-728-2429 or send an e-mail to tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov.

Source Information:

1 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Chronic Disease and Behavioral Epidemiology, Bureau of Healthy Ohio, Ohio Department of Health, 2013.

2 http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/Z/D/

3 http://www.lung.org/associations/states/colorado/tobacco/

4 http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/marketing/

5 Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey, 2012

6 http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/ohio

Tobacco-Free Colleges

In July 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously to recommend that each board of trustees of the University System of Ohio consider adopting a smoke-free policy. Across the state, public and private higher education institutions are adopting smoke-free and tobacco-free policies.

To download the Ohio Tobacco-free Campus Model Policy, click here.

Did you know?

More than 24 percent of Ohio's smokers are between the ages of 18 and 24?

The tobacco industry heavily markets its products toward college students?

That nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin?2

That smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined?3

That the tobacco industry spends $8.37 billion a year in marketing? 4

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that college-age adults already show signs of cardiovascular and lung damage, along with other health risks. The dangers of secondhand smoke have been proven to affect the health of others, as well.

In July 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously to recommend that each board of trustees of the University System of Ohio consider adopting a tobacco-free policy.

A growing number of colleges and universities in Ohio have adopted (or are evaluating or in the process of adopting) tobacco-free campus policies to protect the health of their students, staff, and campus visitors.

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation program provides outreach, educational materials, conference calls, events, webinars, and other resources for college administrators seeking to adopt smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.

Ohio Colleges and Universities with Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Policies

(Policies not fully rated as 100% tobacco-free marked with *)

Central Ohio Technical College - Coshocton*

Cleveland State University*

Kent State University*

Ohio Northern University*

Ohio State University*

Rhodes State College*

Wilberforce University

Wright State University*

Join the growing trend!

Add/Update your school policy information

Have Questions? Call us at 614-728-2429 or send an e-mail to tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov

Source Information:

1 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Chronic Disease and Behavioral Epidemiology, Bureau of Healthy Ohio, Ohio Department of Health, 2013.

http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/Z/D/

3 http://www.lung.org/associations/states/colorado/tobacco/

4 http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/marketing/

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

In an effort to protect all residents from secondhand smoke that enters apartments through walls and other areas, public and privately-owned housing complexes nationwide are adopting smoke-free policies. Residents are advocating for these policies due to health concerns, and building owners/managers are agreeing to adopt policies in an effort that protects the health of all residents and saves building owners costs in cleanup related to smoking-related damages.

Residents

Residents of Multi-Unit Housing

A Healthier Building = A Healthier You

The best way to get rid of secondhand smoke in a multi-unit building is for your property manager to make the building completely smoke-free. This is legal. Talk to your property manager and make the issue important to him/her.

Five steps to smoke-free multi-unit housing:

1. Document the problem: Keep a written record of when and where you see or smell secondhand smoke and where it is coming from. Make a list of any health effects you feel from the smoke: headaches, sore throat, or any illness that the smoke makes worse, including asthma and allergies.

2. Examine the rent/lease agreement: There may be clauses in your lease about limiting bad odors (e.g. cooking) or loud noises (e.g. playing loud music). Smoking should be added to this list of things that could bother other residents, especially because of smoke drifts between apartments, causing illness and discomfort.

3. Build consensus with your neighbors: You’re not the only one suffering. Ask your neighbors if they have problems with tobacco smoke coming into their apartments. They can help you approach your property manager – there’s power in numbers! If your neighbors are experiencing similar problems as you, have them keep a written record too.

4. Recommend going smoke-free: Make sure your property manager is aware that secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing is not just a nuisance but a serious health problem. Ask your neighbors to sign a letter or petition requesting the property be taken smoke-free. When your property manager sees how many residents are interested in going smoke-free, hopefully, he/she will realize the importance of a policy change.

5. Educate your property manager: Taking a multi-unit housing building smoke-free has a huge positive impact on the property manager. Sure, it will attract more tenants and keep residents happy and healthy. But it also saves money by reducing the cost of cleaning and renovating units and may provide insurance savings. See the smoke-free multi-unit housing for managers page for more information.

If you or your property manager want help along the way, please contact us: sfhousing@odh.ohio.gov.

Managers

Managers/Owners of Multi-unit Housing


Benefits to Property Owners Adopting a 100 Percent Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing Policy:

  • Lowers risk of fire damage and deaths due to fires1

  • Provides possible insurance savings2

  • Reduces cost of cleaning and renovating units2

  • Improves the health of all tenants and employees

  • Attracts more tenants and makes them more likely to stay

Making your property smoke-free is completely legal. A smoke-free policy is about the smoke, not the smoker. You cannot refuse to rent to those who smoke; just require that all tenants abide by the policy while on the premises.

If you’re not sure how tenants feel about a smoke-free policy and want their input, a brief survey could help determine what type of policy to implement. 

Several organizations recently expressed their strong support for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to require all government subsided housing to be made smoke-free. Read the letter here(link)

If you’re ready to take your property smoke-free, try following these eight steps:

1. Notify the ODH Tobacco Program: There are many options to consider with a new policy. Will you prohibit smoking on the entire property grounds, or just near windows and entrances? Will you provide a designated smoking area? What about patios, balconies, and parking areas? Contact us at sfhousing@odh.ohio.gov to start this discussion. 

2. Educate employees and tenants: Hold an informational meeting with employees and tenants. Explain why you’ve decided to go smoke-free and how the change will benefit them. Allow them to ask questions. Gain consensus. 

3. Revise your smoke-free policy: Write or revise your smoke-free policy by following the ODH model policy and rubric. This will ensure your property is recognized by the ODH as smoke-free and will receive appropriate recognition.

4. Determine an effective date: There are two simple methods for going smoke-free: either using a quit date or a phase-in process. Both are free of grandfathering and simple to implement.

5. Modify your leases: When adopting a smoke-free policy, include a lease provision or addendum that outlines the restrictions and penalties under your policy.

6. Post appropriate signage: Request to receive free signs from the ODH to remind tenants and inform visitors of the new policy. The ODH has signage designating both “smoke-free area” and “no smoking.” To request signage, please email sfhousing@odh.ohio.gov. Include communication to remind existing tenants, incoming guests, and maintenance workers of the policy.

7. Register your smoke-free property: Please email sfhousing@odh.ohio.gov to advertise your smoke-free property and attract tenants who are interested in smoke-free living.

8. Host a smoke-free kick-off event: Get your residents excited about your new smoke-free policy! Check back in with your tenants just before the policy goes into effect and a few weeks after. There may be an occasional conflict between tenants that need to be resolved.

The Ohio Department of Health Tobacco Program provides outreach and guidance for implementing tobacco policy change. If you have questions or would like educational materials, resources, or access to webinars, please contact us at sfhousing@odh@ohio.gov

1. U.S. Fire Administration. “Facts About Smoking and Home Fires.” http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/smoking/GeneralAudienceFactSheet.pdf

2. Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. "Regulating Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing." http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/tclc-guide-regulatingsmoking-multiunits-2011_0.pdf