In February 2007, the Indiana University Board of 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 policy was updated to include new state law requirements and to specify what smoking and tobacco products are prohibited by the policy.
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.
Civility and respect are expected by all members of the university community in order to enforce this policy.
Whom does this policy affect?
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. We urge everyone to cooperate with civility and goodwill in complying with this policy.
Is there anywhere I can smoke?
The policy applies to Indiana University property which includes all buildings, grounds, and land that are owned or leased by IU. There are very limited exceptions, but those areas may not violate state law, that is there can never be smoking inside any buildings or within 8 feet of a building entrance. Consult the information for your campus.
Can I smoke in my personal car?
Parking garages owned or operated by the university are included in the ban; however, there will be no effort to enforce the ban in private vehicles located on university property provided users make a reasonable effort to contain smoke and smoking materials inside the vehicle (e.g., keeping windows closed). Smoking in university vehicles is prohibited.
Isn’t this a violation of my civil rights?
No. The Trustees of Indiana University have the authority to govern the use of university property and regulate its use.
Why should I comply?
We hope civility and respect for others will guide all of us. We realize that this policy may be taxing for tobacco users, but we hope that smokers will respect the right of their fellow members of the university community to breathe smoke-free air. We also hope that non-smokers who feel compelled to remind violators of the tobacco-free policy will do so with courtesy and civility. Under Indiana state law, IU has a duty to have smokers removed from areas where smoking is prohibited by law and smokers who don’t leave the area can be charged with a criminal infraction.
Why are e-cigarettes also prohibited under the policy?
According to the Food and Drug Administration: "As the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing:
- whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use,
- how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
- if there are any benefits associated with using these products.
Additionally, it is not known if e-cigarettes may lead young people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death." Indiana University, along with IU Health and many other universities and facilities, have made the decision to ban e-cigarettes at this time.
Do I have to quit using tobacco?
No, the university cannot compel you to quit using tobacco. However, choosing to stop using tobacco products will make you and those around you healthier.
What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?
Resources for employees are available for employees through University Human Resources Service- see the links on this website or at the UHRS site. Resources for students are available through the health services and student life offices on each campus.
Who should I contact if I still have questions about the policy?
You can contact the IU Office of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance, firstname.lastname@example.org or the police, HR, student life or academic affairs office on your campus.