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Tobacco Free Environments: College and Universities


Emerging Trends
    

“Waterpipe smoking is a popular new trend among young people that has arrived
in Canada. There are hookah cafes and lounges appearing across the country, many of them situated in towns and cities with a university or college. Smoking rates among young adults are already too high, and the attraction of smoking exotic flavoured shisha, coupled with the belief that it is relatively benign, can only force smoking rates higher.”

(NSRA- Waterpipe Smoking in Canada: New Trend, Old Tradition. February 2012)

Waterpipe smoking can be detrimental to the users’ health and has been linked to several negative health effects including an increased risk for cancer, decreased pulmonary function and increased likelihood of spreading infectious diseases. Waterpipe use can have health effects similar to cigarette use and can lead to increased risks from: exposure to carbon monoxide, exposure to second hand smoke and tobacco addiction (Waterpipe Smoking in Alberta: A report by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, February 2012, pg 2).


NSRA - Waterpipe Smoking in Canada: New Trend, Old Tradition. February 2012

NSRA - Hooked on Hookah: Issue Analysis & Policy Options for Waterpipe Smoking in Ontario


NSRA - National Forum on Waterpipe Use- Final Report 

WHO Report - Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators 

Waterpipe Smoking in Alberta: A Report by the Chief Medical Officer of Health February 2012

 




Resources

Canadian 

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit's (OTRU) On-line Course
This course is comprised of four modules including one on protection which examines current information on second hand smoke, how it affects people’s health, and what is happening in Canada to create smoke free environments.


Tobacco Free Campus Guide: Non-Smokers' Rights Association
A guide to support the creation or improvement of tobacco-free measures at Canadian post secondary Schools

Leave the Pack Behind
A peer to peer tobacco control program designed for young adults on post secondary campuses

Are you ready for a tobacco-free Frosh week?
An infographic designed by the NBATC with the different policies of the post-secondary campuses of New Brunswick


International 

Tobacco Free U
An American-based web site that provides tools and resources for university and college anti-tobacco initiatives