The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco smoking is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. To promote a safe and healthful campus environment, and in accordance with the Workplace Smoking Restrictions Regulation issued by the City of Boston Public Health Commission, Suffolk University has adopted this policy to encourage smokers to reduce or eliminate their consumption of tobacco, and to protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Smoking is prohibited in Suffolk University academic and administrative facilities and the residence halls. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas provided the smoke does not migrate back in to an enclosed University building. For example, students may smoke outside University buildings but, if the smoking takes place under a window or surrounding a building entrance, and the smoke migrates back in to the building, it is a violation this policy. Smoking is also prohibited in outdoor areas where no smoking signs are posted.
Smoking is not permitted near the entrance way of Sargent Hall and is prohibited in other outdoor areas where no smoking signs are posted.
Such policies not only serve to protect the health of the community but, in the case of buildings and residences, can lower maintenance costs such as painting or replacing burned carpeting, as well as reduce the risk of fire.
Suffolk University acknowledges that the successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation and mutual respect, and sensitivity on the part of both smokers and non-smokers. Suffolk University acknowledges that the successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation and mutual respect, and sensitivity on the part of both smokers and non-smokers.
Contact Counseling, Health and Wellness for information about how to stop smoking.
Note on M.G.L. ch. 270 § 22
The General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapter 270 § 22 prohibits smoking within workplaces. This law defines smoking as “the lighting of a cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product or possessing a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco or non-tobacco product designed to be combusted and inhaled.” The law therefore restricts all types of smoking, including all electronic smoking devices including, but not limited to, vapes, e-cigarettes, and Juuls.