Prohibition of Tobacco Products on Campus


There is considerable evidence that concentrations of tobacco smoke are harmful to nonsmokers, as well as smokers.  Findings of the U.S. Surgeon General indicate that exposure to tobacco in any form, whether active or passive, is a significant health hazard. Bridgewater State University has a responsibility to its employees and students to provide a safe and healthy environment.

Promoting a smoke and tobacco-free campus is a wellness initiative to protect all members of the campus community.  Moreover, becoming a tobacco-free campus encourages respect for others and for the environment.

Therefore, this policy is intended to eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke, provide an environment supportive of a tobacco-free lifestyle, eliminate the risk of accidental fire, eliminate the health risks associated with expectoration from smokeless tobacco, and eliminate the environmental impact of cigarette litter.  


This policy covers all Bridgewater State University students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and all other affiliated or nonaffiliated persons.


a)        The smoking or other use of tobacco products is prohibited in all buildings,

grounds, and vehicles owned or leased by Bridgewater State University, regardless of location.

b)        When any person enters the grounds of the University, any smoking material

         shall be extinguished and disposed of in an appropriate receptacle at the

perimeter of the grounds of the University.

c)        No tobacco products or smoking paraphernalia shall be possessed, used, sold,

or distributed as samples in any campus buildings, grounds, and vehicles owned

or leased by Bridgewater State University, regardless of location, including

vending machines.


a)        “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated

cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted, heated, or vaporized tobacco product.

b)        “Tobacco Product” means any natural or synthetic substance containing tobacco

leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah        tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, or any other preparation of tobacco; any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation or any other means; and also marijuana, hashish, and clove cigarettes.

c)        “Smoking Paraphernalia” includes the following:

“Electronic Smoking Device” -- any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape or vaporizer pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.

 “Hookah” -- a water pipe and any associated products and devices which are used to produce fumes, smoke, and/or vapor from the burning of material including, but not limited to, tobacco, shisha, or other plant matter.

d)        “Grounds” includes all University land, roadways, parking lots and other parking

structures, athletic and recreational facilities, or any other outdoor area controlled by the University; as well as the interior of any vehicle located anywhere on the property of the University.  


This policy does not apply to any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

Tobacco use may be permitted with prior approval by the University for research, educational, clinical, or religious ceremonial purposes.



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Information about smoking programs offered through the Employee Assistance program can also be found on the Human Resources website.


Violations of this policy may be grounds for referral for University disciplinary action.


Employees who have questions or concerns about this policy should contact the Office of Human Resources at 508.531.1324. Students who have questions or concerns should contact the Office of Community Standards at 508.531.6177.

Updated 8/2017 by Peter Wiernicki, Community Standards