Tobacco-Free Campus
Background
The Center for Tobacco Control Research at Zhejiang University is conducting a project titled "Building advocacy capacity for tobacco control among the public health workforce in China (China-1-15, China-RI1-15) ", which focuses on building capacity for public health faculty to conduct tobacco control advocacy activities. There are two key components of this project. First is curriculum development, second is building tobacco free campus, especially developing tobacco free policy. Tobacco free campus advocacy will be conducted after faculty finishing the curriculum. In such way, it will enhance the teachers’ and students’ practice capacity though these activities on their own campuses.
 
Tobacco free campus policy statement
Ultimately the goal of the project is to make each participating university into a tobacco free campus. This means that smoking would be banned in all university buildings and facilities including offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, residence halls, restrooms, bathrooms, lobbies and corridors, etc. A Tobacco free campus also means that the sale of tobacco products on campus would be prohibited and that the university would not accept any donations from the tobacco industry. Medical universities that offer academic health programs should be among the first to embrace tobacco free campus policies. They should be the role model for other universities. Tobacco free policies should be the norm in all Chinese universities because of the positive effects such leadership could have on their students and all of Chinese society.
 
Reason for tobacco free campus policy
Environmental tobacco smoke is recognized as one of leading causes of preventable death. The simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same air space may appear to reduce the exposure of nonsmokers to environmental tobacco smoke, but it is not effective. A Tobacco free campus policy would create a clean, safe, pretty and friendly campus environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. As an additional benefit, according to behavioral "susceptibility" theory a smoke free policy may also encourage those students that are smokers to quit. Tobacco free policy may also reduce fire risk and maintenance costs on campuses. Further, the administration of each university has the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of its staff and students. 
 
Basic principal
To be considered a smoke free campus, smoking must be prohibited in all campus buildings. Ideally smoking should also be prohibited outdoors on campus except in designated smoking areas.
 
Basic project strategies
1. Identify evidence based Advocacy strategies that are effective and acceptable by the Chinese culture.
2. Unite tobacco control experts with administration personnel.
3. Initiate a sequential, comprehensive tobacco advocacy program.