Initiated by a student-led project, the University of Idaho is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. A tobacco-free campus will provide a healthier and cleaner atmosphere for our university family. A tobacco-free campus:
- Protects people from unwanted and involuntary exposure to passive smoke and other tobacco-related substances, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions
- Promotes cessation and create a supporting environment for those trying to quit tobacco use
- Decreases costs and personnel resources related to tobacco litter cleanup
- Decreases initiation of tobacco use among students
- Promotes tobacco free lifestyles as a social and health norm
- Prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other non-combustible tobacco products.
Through this tobacco-free campus policy, UI joins more than 1,400 other campuses across the U.S. that are smoke-free. Of those, more than 1,100 are tobacco-free. We are proud to join our peers with this designation.
Questions or comments about a tobacco-free campus can be submitted online.
July 1, 2016
The idea of a tobacco free university has been a number of years in the making and was initiated by a student-led project. It was championed by people representing a broad and diverse group of our university constituents. Many discussions and open forums were held, opportunities for feedback were provided online, and a draft was reviewed by a number of groups before being approved by the President.
A committee will supply recommendations for review and immediate implementation by September 1, 2016.
This policy pertains to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (chew), e-cigarettes and vapes.
Exemptions include religious use, use in personal vehicles and research. Additional limited exceptions may be granted by the assistant vice-president for facilities.
No, this policy applies to all UI owned and controlled properties, facilities, vehicles and grounds.
This policy is for the health and safety of those at UI. Everyone assumes the collective responsibility for policy enforcement, and all people are encouraged to politely and respectfully inform those violating the policy about its existence.
If politely informing people of the policy does not rectify the situation, and someone is in persistent violation, please notify your supervisor. This policy applies to all students, employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors or others who are on UI property for any reason.
Browse our cessation resources for additional information on the policy and on how to quit tobacco use.
The policy encourages a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty and staff and promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Other benefits include providing a cleaner learning and working environment and a decrease in costs and personnel resources related to tobacco litter cleanup.
100 receptacles used to collect cigarette waste will be removed. This is a time savings of 6-8 hours per week previously used to empty them. Other savings may also be recognized.
The development of the policy was an open, collaborative effort including many groups in the university community. We anticipate the implementation will succeed through that same grassroots effort that brought it about.