Smoking/Tobacco Policy

Penn State is 100% smoke free

Penn State’s smoking/tobacco policy reflects the commitment of the University to provide a healthful environment for all members of the university community and for campus visitors. The policy prohibits smoking and the use of all other tobacco products on all Penn State campuses, except in personal vehicles.


Smoking includes the burning of any type of lit pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other smoking equipment, whether filled with tobacco or any other type of material.

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos), hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine. Products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, when used for cessation, are not considered tobacco under this policy.


  • Smoking/use of tobacco products is prohibited everywhere on campus, with the exception of personally owned vehicles.
  • Smoking/use of tobacco is no longer permitted at previously designated smoking stations on campus.
  • Smoking/use of tobacco products is prohibited in all University fleet vehicles.
  • To prevent possible fires, disposing of tobacco products, including pipe residue, cigarette and cigar butts is prohibited everywhere on campus.
  • The advertisement, distribution and sampling of tobacco products and tobacco merchandise are prohibited on all Penn State campuses and properties and at all University-sponsored events.


Campus Police & Public Safety is responsible for enforcement of this policy. Anyone not wishing to abide by the policy will be asked to leave the campus. All campus personnel are requested to adhere to the policy. Likewise, employees should encourage students and visitors to adhere to the policy by courteously informing them of the policy and pointing out that tobacco use is permitted in their personal vehicle. Informing campus Police & Public Safety is always appropriate.

See University Policy AD 32 for more information.