Campus Tobacco Policy

Reviewed By: Administrative Council on October 04, 2010
Approved By: President Karnig on October 07, 2010
Reviewed By: Administrative Council on March 03, 2014
Approved By: President Karnig on May 14, 2014

Source / Authority

For interpretation of this policy, please contact the responsible department: Student Health Center, 909/537-3655


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is committed to creating a safe, healthy and productive environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found secondhand tobacco smoke to be a risk to public health and has classified secondhand smoke as a group "A" carcinogen, the most dangerous class of carcinogens. Furthermore, the California Air Resources Board has categorized secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to smokers and non-smokers alike.

The purpose of this policy is to promote a healthy educational and work environment for all members of the CSUSB community. In order to support individuals who currently use tobacco and seek to quit, this policy will create a supportive environment through a combination of education, outreach and smoking cessation programs. Research shows the likelihood a person will be able to quit smoking is enhanced when the work environment has eliminated or curtailed the ability to smoke. For many smokers, the restrictive environment provides the required impetus to quit.


Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited on all CSUSB property and in all indoor and outdoor spaces owned, leased, licensed, or otherwise controlled by CSUSB, with the exception of designated smoking areas. This policy shall be assessed in two years from its effective date to determine its effectiveness and appropriateness. This policy may be assessed before that time as necessary to reflect substantial organizational, physical, or academic changes at CSUSB or any change required by law. Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited in all vehicles owned by CSUSB and at any event or activity on campus property.

“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, or other smoking apparatus.

“Tobacco” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, snus, bidis, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body.

Compliance and Enforcement

The process of achieving a smoke-free environment will take time and patience. CSUSB believes that self-enforcement will become the norm and the value of compliance will become as recognized as it has with seat belt laws.

Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility of all CSUSB staff, students and faculty members. The success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products. Any member of the CSUSB community may respectfully ask individuals to comply with this policy. The Student Health Center along with the Center for Health Education and Wellness, are committed to collaborate with all campus community entities in an effort to promote, educate and implement this policy.

Signs prohibiting smoking shall be prominently displayed throughout campus. Ash cans will be removed from all campus locations except for the designated smoking areas.


For individuals interested in quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco use, free smoking cessation services are provided at the Student Health Center, (909)-537-3655, . The services of the Psychological Counseling Center are also available to students dealing with this transition, (909) 537-5040, .