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Frequently Asked Questions About Going Tobacco-Free / Smoke-Free

As with any new policy, there will be questions and different viewpoints. Here we address the ones most often asked and expressed.


The most-updated version of the document will always be available on the Tobacco-Free/Smoke-Free Campus Policy page.
The policy became effective June 1, 2015 on the campuses in West Haven (Main, North, and Saw Mill) and Orange, CT.
All tobacco products are banned under the policy. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, blunts, dipping tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah, queen’s tobacco-pipe, loose leaf shag (tobacco), smoke-less tobacco, snuff, snus, and any product intended to mimic tobacco products.

This policy also includes any newly-devised tobacco or nicotine delivery products promoted by tobacco industries that are not recognized as cessation devices by the Food and Drug Administration.
Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. Hazards of second-hand tobacco smoke are well known. Tobacco is the only product that, when used as intended, leads to serious illness and premature death.

Source: American Lung Association,
We support a healthier future for all in our university community and in our nation. An initiative of the federal government called Healthy People 2020 recommends smoke-free environments as one way to promote good health and quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages. UNH students and employees agreed in a survey conducted in mid-April 2014.
Designated smoking areas are not consistent with the policy, and cause confusion about our message. Smoking areas do not create or promote a healthy environment.

Experiences on other college campuses and best practices pointed us in the direction of a comprehensive campus-wide Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Policy.
There is no “right” under either state or federal law. Court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to second-hand smoke, a class A Carcinogen.

In addition prohibiting smoking, and the use of tobacco products on campus preserves everyone’s right to breathe clean smoke-free air.
No, we are not saying you must quit smoking, but we are saying you can not use tobacco products while you are on University of New Haven property.

If you are ready to quit, we want to support you – contact Health Services at (203) 932-7079 for additional information or visit our Tobacco-Free Campus Resources and Quitting Support webpage.
We ask that you help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors. As a good citizen of our larger community, it is important to be respectful of our neighbors by keeping litter and smoke away from neighboring properties.
Any student of staff member engaging in conduct that violates any rule, regulation, policy, procedure or practice of the University, including the Tobacco-Free Campus policy, may be subject to disciplinary action.

- Student violations: Will be reported to the Dean of Students Office.
- Employees: Supervisor will be notified.
Yes, Health Services Department will help with support and cessation resources. Click here for our Tobacco-Free Resources and Support page or contact Health Services at (203) 932-7079 for additional information.
  1. Questions?

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