Towards a Tobacco Free Yale

Responsible Office: 
Human Resources
Effective Date: 
March 6, 2018


As an institution of higher education which researches and treats the effects of smoking and tobacco use and cares deeply about the health of its students, faculty, staff and visitors, Yale embarked on a journey to create a tobacco free campus two years ago. The use of all tobacco products is detrimental to health, not only for those who use these products, but also for those exposed to second hand effects. Yale recognizes that quitting tobacco is complex and difficult and founded this initiative on education and outreach rather than implementing a punitive policy.

As we continue to work towards the ultimate goal of becoming a tobacco free campus, the use of tobacco-derived or containing products is prohibited in all University indoor and outdoor spaces, and any property owned or leased by the University. University property includes, but is not limited to, parking lots, paths, fields, sports/recreational areas, theaters, museums, stadiums, facilities, buildings, and University vehicles, regardless of location.

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to:

  • cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks)
  • electronic cigarettes/smoking devices in all their forms (e.g., cigalikes, aerosol or vapor nicotine delivery devices, commonly known as ENDS- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems)
  • cigars and cigarillos
  • hookah smoked products, pipes, water pipes
  • oral or nasal tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff)

The sale or advertising of tobacco products is prohibited in University owned or occupied buildings. Federal and State law prohibits tobacco use where hazardous materials are present which includes loading docks and driveway areas.


All members of the Yale community share responsibility to respect this policy. During this transitional stage, tobacco free signage will be posted at key locations throughout campus, and cigarette urns and designated smoking areas will be phased out over the next year. Yale remains committed to providing comprehensive cessation support to those who choose to use tobacco products off campus.