Date Established: 12/1/2009
Date Last Updated: 7/30/2021
Administration and Governance
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Vice President for Student Life
Environment, Health and Safety
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:
Organizers of and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, lectures, social events, cultural events, and 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 attendees.
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 products.
Property or facilities either owned, leased, or controlled by the University or its related entities.
Institutionalized organizations for students 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 Buffalo community.
The University at Buffalo shall be entirely smoke-free effective August 1, 2009:
This policy will be:
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 policy.
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, sponsors, and 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.
|July 2021||Updated to change the: |
● Responsible Executive from the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Facilities in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the President, Provost, VP for Finance and Administration, and VP for Student Life
● Responsible Office from the JSMBS Office of Faculty Affairs and Facilities to Student Wellness and Environment, Health and Safety
|August 2010||Updated to add electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking.|
The University at Buffalo became totally smoke-free in August 1994. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all university-owned and operated buildings, stadiums and outdoor events, and in all vehicles owned and operated by the university. Doorway areas and loading docks are considered part of the building.
Health risks associated with smoking are well documented. Studies have indicated that exposure to secondhand smoke is a significant risk for the non-smoker. The university is responsible for providing a safe environment for its students, employees, and visitors. Consequently, a smoke-free policy has been implemented.
Understanding the addictive nature of smoking and that breaking the habit is extremely difficult for many people, the university will make every effort to assist those who elect to stop smoking and will offer smoking cessation programs. Interested employees should contact the appropriate personnel office and students should contact the Living Well Center in the Student Union.
It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to observe this Smoke-Free Policy and to remind others of their responsibility. Complaints relating to the implementation of this policy should be referred to the appropriate department head. If a resolution cannot be reached by the department/division head, the matter should be referred to either the appropriate personnel office or, in the case of students, to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Established rules and regulations regarding policy violations will be implemented according to one's university status (i.e., student or employee). In addition to being charged for violating the Smoke-Free Policy, unresponsive individuals may also be charged with failure to comply with the reasonable request of a university administrator. Should someone not comply with a reasonable request, Public Safety may be involved.
Visitors must observe this Smoke-Free Policy. Department heads, building coordinators, sponsors, and hosts of university events are responsible for visitors' compliance with the university's Smoke-Free Policy. Visitors who smoke will be requested to extinguish the 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.