Siatta Davis, Public Administration (MPA)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Angie McGuire


The research and evidence available on the negative effects of smoking and secondhand smoke is widely known (Wang, et al., 2018). Yet, institutions of higher education are left out of comprehensive tobacco control (CTC) policies in New Jersey. This study examines decision making around comprehensive tobacco control polices at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Theoretical frameworks on policy development are referenced to discern if there is a breakdown in the policy process or if bureaucracy impedes policy development at the institutional level. An analysis of empirical studies on policy development at institutions of higher education across the United States was conducted to compare what impacts policy development at other institutions and if those factors exist at Rutgers.