University at Buffalo Policy Library
The University at Buffalo is committed to providing a healthy,
comfortable, and safe smoke-free environment for its students,
faculty, staff, and visitors.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) supports an
environment where its students, employees, and visitors are not
exposed to secondhand smoke. Therefore, smoking is prohibited on
all university-managed property, both indoors and outdoors. This
includes but is not limited to:
- all buildings on the North, South, and Downtown campuses,
classrooms, lecture halls, residences, residence halls, apartments,
laboratories (not including labs which have received a waiver from
the Erie County Health Commissioner to conduct smoking research),
offices, work areas, study areas, reception areas, meeting rooms,
lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, eating areas, lounges,
- off-site locations such as the Anderson Gallery, UB Downtown
Gateway, Educational Opportunity Center, Ira G. Ross Eye Institute,
Jacobs Executive Development Center, and Baird Research Park
- fields, open land areas, parking lots and garages, athletic
fields, tracks, bleachers/grandstands, outdoor paths, and
- all partially enclosed areas including, but not limited to
covered and uncovered walkways, breezeways, bus stop shelters,
loading docks, building entrances, and exterior stairways and
- all vehicles owned and leased by the University at Buffalo or
its affiliated organizations.
Organizers of and attendees at public events, such as
conferences, meetings, lectures, social events, cultural events,
and/or athletic events using university-managed property will be
required to abide by the UB Smoke-Free Policy. Organizers of
such events are responsible for communicating this policy to
Health risks associated with smoking are well documented.
Research findings show that tobacco use, including smoking and
breathing secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health
hazard. Smoking also contributes to institutional costs including
fire damage, cleaning and maintenance, and costs associated with
employee absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance.
This policy applies to all members of the university community
including but not limited to faculty, staff, students, volunteers,
trainees, supplemental staff employed through contract agencies or
outside trade unions, vendors, guests, and visitors.
A mixture of the smoke given off by
the burning end of a cigarette, electronic cigarette, cigar,
cigarillo, pipe, beedi, kretek, water pipe, bong, and hookah, and
the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers.
Burning any type of matter or
substance that contains tobacco including but not limited to
cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes,
beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs.
Applies to the use of a tobacco brand
or corporate name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto, selling message,
recognizable pattern or colors, or any other indicia of product
identical to or similar to, or identifiable with, those used for
any brand of tobacco products or company which manufactures tobacco
Property or facilities either owned,
leased, or controlled by the University or its related
Institutionalized organizations for
students and/or staff that receive funding directly from the
university, and which are coordinated or directed by university
staff. Affiliate organizations include those societies, clubs, or
the like which are formed because of the special interest of any
particular group of students.
Effective implementation of this policy depends on the courtesy,
respect, and cooperation of all members of the university at
All Members of the University Community
- Comply with this policy in a courteous, respectful, and
Supervisors (University and Vendors)
- Communicate this policy to their employees and volunteers.
- Communicate this policy to event attendees.
The University at Buffalo shall be entirely smoke-free effective
August 1, 2009:
- All designated smoking areas will be eliminated.
- All ash receptacles will be removed.
- New “No Smoking” signs or the international symbol
for “No Smoking” will be placed at various locations on
campus and in University-owned vehicles.
- Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes,
beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs will not be sold
on university grounds.
- The sale of tobacco products on campus is prohibited. This
includes the delivery of tobacco products to the campus by means of
a delivery service of any kind.
- The free distribution of tobacco products to university
organizations is prohibited.
- University organizations and affiliated organizations are
prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies,
directly or indirectly. This includes sponsorship of parties by
tobacco companies, distribution of free, reduced, or full price
tobacco products, or any promotional items. This does not apply to
- Tobacco-related advertising is permitted in a newspaper or
magazine not produced by the university and which is lawfully sold,
bought, or distributed on university-managed property; this
includes student-run newspapers.
- Tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship is not permitted:
- on university-managed property, including billboards or signage
in stadiums or on campus, and at university-sponsored events
- in publications produced by the university.
This policy will be:
- included with orientation information given to all enrolled
- communicated to all prospective hires, students, vendors, and
- communicated to newly hired employees in the New Employee
- announced in various university publications and sites
- distributed to all managers and supervisors for distribution to
- distributed to all event sponsors.
Support and Education
The university understands the addictive nature of smoking and
the reality that breaking the habit is extremely difficult for many
people. The university will make every effort to assist and
encourage those who wish to stop smoking and will offer smoking
cessation programs, accessible tobacco treatment, and counseling.
Employees should contact the Wellness and Work/Life Balance Office
and students should contact Wellness Education Services for
assistance with smoking cessation.
Violations of this policy will be
addressed through educational and corrective measures. Educational
measures include smoking cessation programs, tobacco treatment, and
counseling. Corrective measures are limited to those provided in
the Compliance section of the original August 1994 Smoke-Free
Policy included at the end of this policy. Enforcement for
employees will not change from that provided in the original
Students will be referred to the
Office of Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy.
Visitors, Guests, Volunteers,
Trainees, Vendors, and Supplemental Staff employed through contract
agencies or trade unions
These individuals are expected to
observe the University at Buffalo Smoke-Free Policy.
Department heads, building coordinators, and sponsors/hosts of
university events are responsible for notifying individuals of the
policy, including the restrictions on the sale or distribution of
tobacco products. Individuals who smoke will be requested to
extinguish the cigarette, electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
and will be informed of the policy. Refusal to do so will
constitute a violation of the policy and may result in removal from
or denial of re-admittance to the building or event.
||Updated to add electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking.