Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Julie Slack


Smoking is currently the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and is responsible for nearly 20% of deaths each year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014). Ten times as many Americans have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all wars fought by the United States (USDHHS, 2014). Cigarette use negatively effects users' health, increases healthcare costs, is a financial burden, and negatively impacts the lifestyle of its users. This thesis will explore current cigarette use in the United States, the effects on its users, and the plan of action in eliminating its prevalence. Thorough analysis of current nursing evidence-based practice of smoking cessation interventions will be examined. Additionally, this thesis will include research of a survey examining the perceptions of nursing students, faculty, and staff to determine the effectiveness of the smoking ban at Eastern Michigan University (EMU).

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Nursing Commons