The CWRU Tobacco-Free Policy


For purposes of this policy, the terms set forth below shall have the following meaning:

  • "Tobacco” refers to any product containing tobacco in any form. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks, ecigarettes); cigars and cigarillos; pipes; all forms of smokeless tobacco; any other smoking devices that use tobacco, such as hookahs; and any other existing or future smoking, tobacco or tobacco-related products.

  • CWRU Property” refers to all interior space owned, rented or leased by CWRU and all outside property or grounds owned or leased by CWRU, including parking areas and private vehicles while they are on CWRU property and CWRU vehicles.

Tobacco-Free Policy

This policy, effective as of July 1, 2017, applies to all persons on CWRU property, regardless of their purpose for being there (e.g., staff, faculty, students, patients, visitors, contractors, subcontractors, etc.).

  • CWRU prohibits the use of tobacco products at all times on campus property.

  • The university is committed to providing support to the entire population who wishes to stop using tobacco products. Faculty, staff and students should refer to the Resources section of this website if they need assistance with tobacco cessation.

  • The success of this policy requires a collaborative effort of the entire CWRU community. Staff, faculty and students on campus will engage in positive and respectful communication and interactions in regards to this policy. Concerns will be addressed in a respectful and thoughtful manner.

  • The sale, advertising, sampling and distribution of tobacco products and tobacco-related merchandise is prohibited on all CWRU property.

  • Use of university funds for purchase of tobacco or tobacco-related products is prohibited, unless such use is permitted under the exception stated below.

  • Tobacco use may be permitted for authorized research with prior approval of the Office of the Provost, and, in the case of smoking, the review and recommendation of the university's Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

Why is This Important?

The university has accepted the opinion of the Surgeon General that smoking is the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death. Because the university has substantial commitments to health-related research and teaching, it has a parallel commitment to protect the health of students, employees and guests and to be in compliance with the State of Ohio smoking ban set out in Chapter 3794 of the Ohio Revised Code. To foster a healthy culture and environment, the university is a tobacco-free campus.

Policies at Other Colleges and Universities

As of April 1, 2019, there are now at least 2,356 100% smoke-free campus sites. Of these, 1,986 are also 100% tobacco-free, 1965 also prohibit e-cigarette use, 1,002 also prohibit hookah use, and 448 also prohibit smoking/vaping marijuana.