Smoking Policy


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, including the use of electronic smoking devices, is prohibited in Suffolk University buildings including the residence halls. Evidence of smoking includes, but is not limited to, ashes, cigarette butts in water bottles, towels under doors, odors, etc., and may be considered when determining a violation of the smoking policy.

Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas, 25 feet from the entrance to Suffolk buildings 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 of this policy.

*Smoking is also prohibited in 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 reduces 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.

Contact Counseling, Health and Wellness for information about how to stop smoking.