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Why Smoke-Free?

The USM Board of Regents has required all USM institutions, including UMBC, to provide a healthy, smoke-free environment for all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors by July 1, 2013.

In response, we appointed the Smoke-Free Campus Task Force – with representatives from UMBC’s shared governance organizations, including students, faculty, and staff members – to make recommendations about how best to implement this policy on our campus.

After working throughout the spring semester, the task force has recommended that smoking be allowed in two designated areas removed from major pedestrian traffic, in order to provide a safe space for any students, faculty, or staff who may continue to smoke – especially after dark. For those who would like to quit smoking, University Health Services will continue to offer resources and assistance, including the “Freedom From Smoking” program which is available to any member of the UMBC community.

This new policy reflects a national movement to provide healthy, smoke-free environments on college campuses and brings UMBC in line with more than 800 colleges in the United States that are already smoke free. We appreciate your support and assistance as we implement this new policy designed to make our campus community healthier for all who study, work, or visit here.