Tobacco/Nicotine-Free Campus?

Currently, you are not allowed to smoke or vape inside any Cornell building or or within 25 feet of the entrance to any Cornell building. This is Policy 8.7. 

To have a tobacco/nicotine-free campus means that there would be a ban on all smoking and vaping on all Cornell property, e.g., all buildings, the Arts Quad, East Avenue, etc.

The University Assembly (UA) will soon decide whether or not to recommend to President Pollack that we have a tobacco/nicotine-free campus. The UA intends to be advised by a survey that will be made available to all students, employees, and faculty in September of this year (2019).

In the meantime, we invite all members of the Cornell community to share their thoughts on this topic. To provide a little focus, we identify three areas of discussion, and invite you to post a comment below:

  1. What is your opinion of the current policy on smoking? 
  2. Do you think it is a good idea to ban smoking across the campus? Why or why not?
  3. If a campus-wide ban is adopted, what "help-you-quit" or related services should the university provide?

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Tobacco Free Campus

Submitted by Nate Godfrey Rogers on Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13

1. The current policy seems to be effective. The only time I'm ever bothered by someone smoking is when they are already in violation of the current policy (e.g. smoking within 25 feet of an entryway to a building). 2. No. Trends for nicotine use are largely on the decline in the United States (with the exception of vaping). Regulation at the State and National level has been effective in causing this decline. Statistically, the population impacted most by banning smoking everywhere on campus are low-wage staff members. We should encourage them to quite smoking with financial incentivites, but not ban their ability to continue smoking beyond current policy. I think that we should want them to choose to quit, not force them to do so. 3. Anything that people will actually use.