How to be Tobacco-Free!

A selection of Guides, Toolkits, Manuals, Model Policies, and other resources that can help you get your policy jumpstarted.

Advocacy Tools

Tools to help you get your campus just as passionate as you are!

Federal Resources

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources has several tools for tobacco prevention.


Plenty of other organizations are doing fantastic work to help further the mission of Tobacco-Free Campuses across the country!

How to be Tobacco-Free!

General Tools

ACHA Guidelines: Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses (American College Health Association)

Clearing the Air on College Campuses Survey Report (Arkansas Department of Health)

Colleges and Universities with 100% Tobacco-Free Campus Policies (American Lung Association)

Community Colleges (Smokefree Oregon)

Creating a Healthier College Campus: A Comprehensive Manual for Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Reasons for Banning Smoking in Certain Public Outdoor Areas (Action on Smoking and Health)

Regulating Tobacco on Campuses (Tobacco Control Legal Consortium)

Smokefree College Campuses (Global Advisors for Smokefree Policy)

Smoke-Free College Campuses (Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences)

Tobacco-Free U: New York State Colleges Expel Tobacco (American Cancer Society) (Tobacco News and Information)

University Sample Policies

Arizona State University: ASU Tobacco-Free Initiative

City University of New York: Tobacco Policy Work Plan

Harvard University: Tobacco Free Harvard YardFAQs, and Tobacco Free Harvard Overview

Montana State University: Tobacco-Free MSU

Northeastern University: Smoke-Free Campus Initiative

Ohio State University: Tobacco-Free Ohio State

Pittsburgh State University: Tobacco Policy Task Force

UCLA: Tobacco-Free Environment

University of California, San Francisco: Living Well at UCSF

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Smoke-Free Campus

University of Michigan: Smoke-Free University Initiative and University of Michigan Health System policy (including e-cigarettes)

University of South Carolina: Tobacco-Free USC

Model Policies

Model Policy for a Tobacco-Free College/University (Source: Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights)

Model Policy for a Smokefree College/University (Source: Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights)

Smoke-Free vs. Tobacco-Free

A smoke-free policy is one that limits or eliminates the use of smoke-producing tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, and hookah. It may include new products that emit a smoke-like substance, like e-cigarettes. The primary concern of a smoke-free policy is secondhand smoke.

A tobacco-free policy limits or eliminates the use of any tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, hookah, spit tobacco, snus, and other smokeless products. It also oftentimes includes new products, such as electronic cigarettes. The primary concern of a tobacco-free policy is the overall health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

Both policy types may also be considered "vape-free," which means it limits or eliminates electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes). FDA-approved cessation aids, such as nicotine patches and gum, are generally excluded from smoke- and tobacco-free policies; in other words, their on-campus use is permitted.

Compliance and Enforcement

"The tips highlighted [here] include proven strategies for helping college and university administrators, students, faculty, staff and other interested parties employ effective approaches to successful implementation of their tobacco- or smoke-free policies, including actions that should be taken even before the policy goes into effect."

"The purpose of this article is to describe an innovative ambassador program to increase adherence with a tobacco-free campus policy. The Tobacco-Free Take Action! (TFTA!) Ambassador program was created to form an environment of compliance."

"[W]ithout a clearly defined and actionable enforcement component, [smoke-free and tobacco-free] policies serve little purpose. This has become a policy enforcement issue that campus leaders should address. ... College and university administrators should demonstrate leadership by having violators of tobacco-free campus policies held to the same standard as those who violate other policies."

Tobacco Cessation/Treatment