Policy Example

Many campuses would like to pass stronger tobacco policies, but they do not know what elements to include in the final policy.  We have made it easier by listing out the best components of a tobacco policy.

  • Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, hookah-smoked products, spit and smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff, snus, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, and cigarillos.
  • Tobacco use is prohibited on all campus grounds, in campus-owned properties, and in campus-owned vehicles.  Tobacco use is also prohibited at all institution-sponsored off-campus functions.
  • Tobacco sales are prohibited.
  • Tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution are prohibited.
  • Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of campus groups, events, individuals, and departments is prohibited.  This includes scholarships, sponsorship of faculty positions, and recruiting for employment.
  • Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of athletic events and athletes is prohibited.
  • The college/university divests all tobacco company stocks and holdings.
  • The college/university does not accept any direct funding from tobacco companies.
  • The campus provides and/or promotes at least three cessation resources.  This may be in the form of individual coaching, a state quitline, support groups, web-based cessation resources, or community cessation resources.
  • The tobacco policy is clearly posted in employee and student handbooks, on the campus website, and in other relevant publications.  Key components of the policy are also shared with parents, alumni and visitors, and are posted on signage around campus, e.g. Tobacco use is prohibited on school grounds.

Certification for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

The BACCHUS Network™ has established a high standard for campuses passing tobacco-free policies. Campuses that incorporate all the elements listed above are eligible for our Diamond Certification.  Those passing comparably strong policies can also qualify for Gold or Silver level.  Click here to learn more about the certification.  Applications are now accepted year-round; however, the review of applications will take place during February and March.