Why did UA decide to implement this policy?

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is one of the highest priorities for The University of Alabama. As a result, over the past two decades, we have taken steps to help protect the campus community from the dangers of second-hand smoke.  UA has not allowed smoking inside University buildings since 1991. In 2007, the policy was expanded to ban smoking within 30 feet of University buildings with the exception of one exit.  Effective Jan. 1, 2015, The University of Alabama will extend its smoke-free policy to include all facilities, grounds and parking areas on the UA campus.

Why did the university choose to go smoke-free instead of tobacco-free?

We chose to focus on smoking because of the impact second-hand smoke has on other members of the campus community.

How will this policy be enforced? 

Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, UA knows that the campus community will demonstrate thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation as we work together to successfully implement this campus wide policy.

If you witness someone smoking, we would ask that you make them aware of the policy and ask that they not smoke on campus.  Our emphasis is not on penalties, but on creating a healthy campus environment.

What about athletic events – can people smoke in the concourses? Outside the stadiums and other venues?

The policy extends to all locations on the UA campus.

Can students smoke in residence halls/in their own dorm room?  

No. Residence halls on the UA campus have been smoke free since 1991.

Why are e-cigarettes included in the smoke-free policy?

E-cigarettes are still a form of smoking, and the ingredients in the product are designed to help curb nicotine addiction. Medical science has not yet determined the extent of potential negative consequences that result from inhaling or breathing in the vapors that are released. The bottom line is that e-cigarettes emit a vapor that other individuals breathe in without choosing to do so.

I’d like to quit smoking. How can the University help me?

In addition to help for students by the Student Health Center and to faculty and staff through theOffice of Health Promotion and Wellness, the University will offer special resources as this policy takes effect.