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POLICY TITLE: Carnegie Mellon University Smoking Policy

DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was originally issued to campus on July 8, 1988 as Organization Announcement #314. It was most recently updated on November 10, 2008.

ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENTS/UNITS: Environmental Health and Safety. Questions on policy content should be directed to the office of Environmental Health and Safety, x8-8182, or to any other designated contact listed in the policy.

ABSTRACT: The smoking policy restricts smoking in most areas but provides procedures for designating and posting smoking areas




 Reason for Policy

Carnegie Mellon University has a vital interest in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors while respecting individual choice. Consistent with these concerns and with the City of Pittsburgh ordinance regarding smoking (Pittsburgh Code Title Six, Chapter 671), the following policy has been established to restrict smoking in all but designated areas.



Smoking generally means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe.


Littering means the disposal of cigarette butts and other trash onto campus grounds in places other than appropriate trash receptacles.



It is the policy of Carnegie Mellon University to provide smoke-free areas for students, faculty, staff and visitors in buildings and on campus grounds.Where the desire of smokers to smoke conflicts with the desire of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, the desire to have smoke-free air will have priority.


Therefore, all Carnegie Mellon University buildings, grounds and vehicles are designated as follows:


         Smoking is permitted only in areas specifically designated and posted as smoking areas. The universityís Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department will determine the number, nature and location of designated smoking areas in consultation with an oversight committee comprised of representatives of various constituencies including Faculty Senate, Graduate Student Assembly, Staff Council and Student Senate. Environmental Health and Safety is also responsible for designating and posting signs in smoking areas and posting the maps of designated smoking areas on the E&HS web site with ongoing input from the oversight committee.


         All University-owned academic buildings and residence halls are smoke-free.Future contracts with fraternities will work toward an agreement, consistent with the university policy.


         Smoking is prohibited at all times in shuttle buses, escort vans and Campus Police vehicles.



Cooperation and consideration between smokers and nonsmokers are necessary to assure the successful implementation of this policy. All members of the Carnegie Mellon University community are responsible for observing the provisions of this policy on smoking. Persons found in violation of the policy will be subject to a warning or a $25 fine issued through the University Police Department.


Cleaning litter from cigarettes constitutes a significant a financial drain on Facilities Management Services. Litter creates an unsightly campus and reduces its appeal to students, faculty, staff and visitors.Litter will not be tolerated and a $25 fine for littering will be imposed.


Questions or concerns regarding the implementation of this policy should be referred to the Carnegie Mellon University Environmental Health and Safety department. Managers or their representatives are responsible for seeing that persons in their areas comply with this policy. Enforcement regarding smoking in non-smoking areas and/or littering is the responsibility of the University Police.



Officials in the following offices are available to answer questions about this policy:



Questions About:




Environmental Health & Safety



University Police


Problem resolution

Environmental Health & Safety

University Police




Effective Date


This policy is effective January 2009.