Congratulations on your interest in making your campus 100% smoke- and
tobacco-free, joining the large number of institutions that have done so across the
nation. We recognize that not all campuses are at the same point on the journey to
become 100% smoke- and tobacco-free. But no matter where your institution is in
the process, your quest to eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of death and illness on your own campus is of critical importance. In addition, promoting tobacco cessation is one of the most important steps that can be taken to preserve and protect the health of your campus community.

Here are some vital facts to help you make your case:

  • Based on current rates, it is projected that more than 1 million current college students in the U.S. will die from cigarette smoking.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report (2012) confirmed that, “Curbing tobacco influence on campuses could prevent a new cohort of lifetime smokers.”
  • The U.S. Surgeon General has also stated that, “If young people don’t start using tobacco by age 26, they almost certainly will never start,” highlighting how important it is to develop effective and comprehensive smoke- and tobacco-free policies for young adults attending college and other institutions of higher learning.
  • According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), as of April 1, 2018, there are now at least 2,164 100% smoke-free campuses. Of these, 1,805 are also 100% tobacco-free, while 1,741 also prohibit e-cigarette use, 883 prohibit hookah use and 278 prohibit smoking or vaping marijuana.

Here are some definitions to help you pursue the strongest tobacco prevention
policy on your campus:

100% smoke-free policies prohibit the use of all combustible (burned) tobacco products on all campus grounds and properties, including residential buildings, both indoors and out, at all times, by students, faculty, staff and visitors.

100% tobacco-free policies prohibit the use of all tobacco products of any kind
on all campus grounds and properties, including residential buildings, both
indoors and out, at all times, by students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Combustible tobacco products include all burned (lit) tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos/filtered little cigars, conventional pipes and water pipes/hookah.

Tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos/filtered little cigars, conventional
pipes, water pipes/hookah, and e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco/snuff/dip, snus and
dissolvable tobacco products.

While drafting policy, it is important to avoid the following exemptions, which will disqualify your campus from being designated as 100% smoke- or tobacco-free according to the ANRF criteria:

  • Designated smoking areas
  • Sports arenas
  • Special events
  • Theatrical productions
  • Discretionary permission of the president
  • Vague language regarding educational, artistic or clinical exemptions
  • Property leased to others on campus

Helpful hint: Once you are in the policy drafting phase, and, before the policy is finalized, we recommend submitting your draft policy for review by ANRF to verify that your draft policy includes no disqualifying exemptions or ambiguous language. This will ensure that your policy avoids loopholes that weaken the policy. For questions, please email