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Smoke-Free Environment

The University's policy on a smoke-free environment is published in its complete form in the Administrative Guide as Administrative Guide Memo 23.4, available at, and Judicial Affairs Office web site at

Applicability—This policy applies to all academic and administrative units of Stanford University, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and all campus student housing. This policy does not supersede more restrictive policies which may be in force in compliance with federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.

Note also that the School of Medicine has adopted a more restrictive policy; see


The following is quoted from the policy:

  1. Policy

    It is the policy of Stanford University that the smoking of tobacco products in enclosed buildings and facilities and during indoor or outdoor events (and the selling of tobacco products) on the campus is prohibited.

  2. Guidelines
    1. Smoking-Prohibited Areas—Specifically, smoking is prohibited in classrooms and offices, all enclosed buildings and facilities, in covered walkways, in University vehicles, during indoor and outdoor athletic events, and during other University sponsored or designated indoor or outdoor events.
      • Ashtrays will not be provided in any enclosed University building or facility.
      • "Smoking Prohibited" signs will be posted.
    2. Outdoor Smoking Areas—Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas, except during organized events. Outdoor smoking areas should be located far enough away from doorways, open windows, covered walkways, and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities. To accommodate faculty, staff, and students who smoke, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and Deans may designate certain areas of existing courtyards and patios as smoking areas in which case ashtrays must be provided. Costs associated with providing designated smoking areas and ashtrays will be absorbed by the specific academic or administrative unit(s).
  3. Enforcement—This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to observe and follow this policy and its guidelines.
    1. Smoking Cessation Information—Smoking cessation programs are available for faculty and staff through the Center for Research in Disease Prevention, and the Health Improvement Program (HIP). Students may contact the Health Promotion Program (HPP) through the Student Health Center for smoking cessation information or programs.
    2. Repeated Violations—Faculty, staff, and students repeatedly violating this policy may be subject to appropriate action to correct any violation(s) and prevent future occurrences.
  4. Implementation and Distribution—Copies of this policy will be disseminated by the Manager of HR Policy/Staff and Labor Relations and the Vice Provost for Student Affairs to all faculty, staff, and students, and to all new members of the University community.

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