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Frequently Asked Questions
- Who has to comply with this policy?
- What does smoke-free mean?
- Is there anywhere I can smoke?
- How far away from the smoking urn can I smoke?
- Why did Purdue make this change?
- Are all Purdue campuses instituting this policy?
- Can I get assistance if I want to quit smoking?
All university employees, students, or visitors on the West Lafayette campus.
It means that smoking will be prohibited both indoors and outdoors on the entire grounds of the campus, including in all vehicles owned or leased by the University.
Smoking is permitted inside privately owned, closed vehicles. In addition, the Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer may grant the designation of smoking areas on the West Lafayette campus.
While maintaining the 30’ perimeter from any building, in general, smokers should be within a few steps of the smoking urn/ash buttler – not more than 10 feet away.
The health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our number one concern. Smoking and secondhand smoke can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, cancer, and respiratory problems, just to name a few. According to the EPA, there is no safe exposure level to secondhand smoke.
As an employer, Purdue University is burdened by increased medical costs, higher insurance rates, added maintenance expenses, lower productivity, and higher absenteeism rates when our faculty and staff smoke.
All Purdue campuses have a non-smoking policy, but the details of each policy are at the discretion of each campus’s administration.
Smoking cessation programs are available to those who are ready to quit. See the list of resources.