Smoke-Free Campus

Efforts to address the impact of smoking on Western’s campus have been ongoing for many years. In recent years the movements of other higher education campuses to smoke- or tobacco-free, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic’s focus on respiratory health, have generated renewed discussion.  

This page provides campus community members with the background on those efforts as well as information on current actions being taken.  

Purpose

The university is dedicated to providing a healthful and productive environment for all employees, students, and the public visiting or conducting activities on campus. Following that, the university is committed to providing a smoke-free environment for employees, students, and the public who do not wish to be affected by second-hand smoke. 

Current Activity

Following VP BFA Lopes’ announcement on 12/6/2022 the Smoke-Free Campus Task Force will convene to determine next steps for implementation of direction provided by the President and Cabinet which will result in an entirely smoke-free campus. 

Smoking Definition

Smoke or smoking means directly inhaling or exhaling smoke from, burning, or carrying any lit smoking instrument, or using an electronic cigarette or vaporizing device.  

Representation

Task Force members have been chosen to provide a wide variety of campus representation. A list of areas represented can be found on the BFA Committees Page

History

The history of this effort dates back to December of 1994 when, following a change in state law, smoking was prohibited inside buildings and within 25 feet of building openings. The full history can be found here. 

Planned Exceptions

Smoking may be permitted for university-approved events that include cultural or religious uses, academic research, or theatrical productions.