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Elements of a 100% Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

A 100% Tobacco-Free Campus policy*:

  • Prohibits all forms of tobacco use, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapes, cigars, bidis, smokeless/spit tobacco, hookahs, blunts, and pipes;
  • Applies to all students, faculty, staff, visitors and contract workers;
  • Applies to all campus buildings, grounds, vehicles, facilities and events;
  • Has a specific start date, ideally 6-12 months from the passage date;
  • Outlines consequences for staff and student non-compliance; being certain enforcement is fair and equitable;
  • Provides access, removes barriers, and promotes evidence-based tobacco treatment for students and staff to help them quit tobacco use;
  • Prohibits the free distribution of tobacco products on campus; and
  • Prohibits student organizations, including campus publications, from accepting money, advertising and/or gifts from tobacco companies.

*For UNC System campus property, the state law only allows the universities to prohibit smoking/tobacco use within a 100 linear foot perimeter of university buildings.

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Download Model Policies for NC Colleges and Universities: These are provided as separate word documents.

Community College
Private College or University
UNC-System University
NCDHHS, Division of Public Health