As part of Northeastern University’s ongoing efforts to create a healthy campus environment, on August 12, 2013 we adopted a new smoke-free policy, prohibiting tobacco smoking anywhere on our property – inside and out. This policy is a reflection of our ongoing concern with the devastating negative health consequences of tobacco use. There is solid evidence that such a policy can be effective in reducing smoking. This is particularly noteworthy for our students because if they don’t start smoking by the time they graduate, it is unlikely they ever will.
Smoking is prohibited in the outdoor areas owned or operated by the university on all of its campuses including those in Charlotte, NC and Seattle. This prohibition affects campus grounds, including walkways, parking lots, internal sidewalks and roadways, and green spaces. This policy applies to all persons, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, vendors, and visitors.
Northeastern provides smoking cessation resources for faculty and staff (PDF). Smoking Cessation classes and confidential telephonic counseling (PDF) will be available at no cost in the fall of 2013.