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Smoking Policy

Effective: January 1st, 2009

Designated Smoking Areas Map (.pdf Updated: 03/26/2009)

Smoking Policy

December 2008 Update


December 2008 Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As a follow-up to our Nov. 10 email announcing Carnegie Mellons new smoking policy, we are writing to update you on the progress being made toward implementation.

On Jan. 1, the new policy will begin to be phased-in while a diverse university-wide committee continues to work thoughtfully and diligently to select potential designated smoking areas. The 18-member committee, established by the Environmental Health & Safety Department, is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, and has representatives from the Greek community, Student Senate, the Graduate Student Assembly, Staff Council, Faculty Senate, University Police, and Campus Design and Facility Development.

While working to identify the designated smoking zones, the committee has decided to include the university community in the process. Once the committee completes a proposed list of designated smoking areas, a campus-wide survey created by Institutional Research & Analysis will be conducted to gather your feedback and input on which areas would work best. Look for this survey early next year.

In the meantime, beginning Jan. 1, we are asking smokers to refrain from smoking in several smoke-free zones. These zones include the Cut, the Hamerschlag Mall, the Children's School and tennis courts, the Cyert Center and its adjacent playground, and areas around athletic facilities, including Gesling Stadium and the intramural field. No penalties or fines will be assessed while the new policy is being phased-in, but we are asking you to please observe these smoke-free zones.

Until the official designated smoking areas are established, smoking will be permitted in accordance with the university's previous policy. Outside of the above-mentioned smoke-free zones, smoking will be permitted 20 feet away from a building entrance or air intake vent. Cigarette butts should be properly disposed of in approved containers.

We will continue to update you as we make progress with the implementation process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don¹t hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Smoking Policy

A new smoking policy has been approved in support of the Healthy Campus 2010 initiative, a university-wide effort to make the campus a healthier and greener environment by 2010.

The new policy (overwhelmingly approved by Student Senate, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, the Graduate Student Assembly and the President's Council) will now permit smoking on campus ONLY in designated outdoor areas. Smoking will no longer be permitted outdoors, unless it is in a designated smoking zone.

Designated smoking areas will be selected by a committee led by the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department. The committee will have student, faculty and staff representation, and smokers will be represented as well. Once the sites are chosen, the site locations will be announced and signage will be installed.

The policy is effective, Jan. 1, 2009. A 90-day grace period will be followed by enforcement by University Police beginning April 1. There will be a $25 fine for each violation of smoking in a non-designated area and/or not properly disposing of cigarette butts.

While we realize that the new policy may inconvenience some smokers, it will help make the campus a healthier place and we hope it will encourage some smokers to quit. To help smokers kick the habit, Student Health Services (SHS), Human Resources (HR) and EHS are partnering to launch a free smoking cessation program for students, faculty and staff. Information about the program will soon be available on the SHS, HR and EHS Web sites.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and for helping to make Carnegie Mellon a healthier place to live, work and play.

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