Tobacco, Vape, and Marijuana-Free Campus

Effective: August 1, 2017, updated August 1, 2023

The policy: Nazareth University is a smoke-free, tobacco-free, vape-free, and marijuana-free campus.

Where: All University-owned and leased property, indoors and out, including personal offices, parking lots, University sidewalks, and landscaped and recreational areas. The policy includes University-owned, leased, or rented vehicles, regardless of their location. Campus map.

Who: The policy includes faculty, staff, students, clients, contractors, and visitors.

Why: Nazareth promotes health and wellness, including a healthy, safe, and clean environment for students, visitors, and the Nazareth community.

Compliance: Courtesy and consideration will be exercised when informing others unaware of and/or in disregard of the policy. The University's goal is to educate and to help those who request assistance. The successful implementation of this policy depends on the involvement, respect, courtesy, and cooperation of the entire campus community.

Notifications: The policy was announced in March 2017. Appropriate signage is posted in campus facilities and elsewhere to inform students, employees, and visitors of the policy. The policy is communicated in appropriate college publications and contracts. 

Help Quitting

Support for quitting smoking or vaping is free and confidential.

For students: Nazareth's Health & Counseling Services, 585-389-2500, meets individually with students to discuss available resources, including nicotine replacement, prescription medication, health evaluations, and one-on-one or group therapy. Students undecided about quitting are also welcome. Learn more.

For Nazareth employees with Excellus health insuranceExcellus’s Quit for Life program (in partnership with the American Cancer Society), 800-442-8904, includes personalized phone coaching, discussion forums online, quit guides for you and for friends/family to assist you, and (if recommended for you) six weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (patches or gum).

For any Nazareth employees, spouses, dependent children, and others permanently living in your household: Nazareth's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides professional assessment, online resources, and short-term counseling to develop a problem-solving plan and referral to community services, including for tobacco cessation.

For anyone in New York stateNew York State Smokers’ Quitline or 866-697-8487.

For friends: Do's and don'ts for helping a smoker who's trying to quit, from the American Cancer Society.

Questions & Answers

Definition of tobacco, vapes, and smoking
Definition of marijuana
Are other college campuses tobacco-free?
Why target tobacco?
Why include e-cigarettes (vapes)?
Do smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies improve health?

Talking Tips

Overall, be respectful and helpful
What if you see tobacco products used on Nazareth property?
"Where am I allowed to smoke?"
"Am I allowed to smoke in my car?"
What to tell vendors, contractors, and visitors