In February 2007, the Trustees mandated that smoking and the sale of tobacco products would be prohibited on all university property no later than January 1, 2008. In 2013, the Trustees endorsed a revision to the university policy that updated the definition of prohibited products and added state law requirements.

Indiana University is concerned about the toll that smoking and tobacco use has on the health and well-being of the university community. As a public institution of higher education with units that research and treat the effects of smoking and tobacco use, IU believes it has an obligation to exercise leadership by promoting a healthy, smoke-free environment for its students, employees, and visitors.

Since January 1, 2008, all IU campuses have had an individually tailored policy that provides for a smoke- or tobacco-free campus.

Civility and respect are expected by all members of the university community in regards to this mandate.