Justification for a Policy

The mission of the University of Richmond is to produce individuals that are prepared to live a life of purpose and be leaders of the world. Therefore, providing a safe, and healthy working and learning environment for faculty, students, staff and visitors on its campus, University of Richmond’s Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to the use of all types of tobacco, including but not limited to smoking tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping. Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death. Education about tobacco-use and associated health risks can help members of the UR community make more positive health choices, and assist current smokers with tools and knowledge to help them quit. Creating an environment that is Tobacco-Free will eliminate smoke and waste from the campus and reduce health complications related to secondhand smoke. Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world and cost the university money to clean up. Smoke and tobacco-free campus policies also significantly reduce campus fires. 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.

The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to all university property, both indoor and outdoor, including, but not limited to, all offices, classrooms, hallways, restrooms, meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues, temporary enclosed structures, trailers, and tents, and residence halls. This policy also applies to vehicles owned or leased by the university. It applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors and other visitors on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit.