Frequently Asked Questions
Tobacco includes all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to: cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, oral and smokeless tobacco (e.g., dip, chew, snuff, spit). This definition does not include any product that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation product.
The use of an NRT is permissible under this policy. NRTs may include nicotine chewing gum, skin patches, inhalers and lozenges. For information about NRTs, please visit our Tobacco-Free Resources page.
Absolutely not. The tobacco-free policy is not intended to be punitive and does not force individuals to stop smoking or using tobacco outside of our campus. For those who would like smoking and/or tobacco use cessation assistance, Stony Brook University will continue to offer support and services through the Student Health Service, "Healthier U", and Employee Health Services at Stony Brook University Hospital.
It is up to all of us to spread the word that tobacco use is no longer acceptable at Stony Brook. Changing our campus culture will be a community effort. If you see someone using a tobacco product on campus, you may respectfully and politely let the person know that Stony Brook isn’t a place that allows tobacco use. Such a conversation should not be confrontational, but may be difficult to have. Additional resources on how to approach and offer help to a tobacco user will become available on this website in the future.