Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Stony Brook University going tobacco-free?
Stony Brook has a vital interest in maintaining a respectful, safe, healthy and clean community. In an effort to embrace such values, the University is committed to providing an environment that is tobacco-free and free from secondhand smoke. Stony Brook is joining the ranks of more than 1,000 other schools around the nation, including several SUNY schools, and many public areas such as airports/airplanes, train stations/trains, sporting venues, hotels, restaurants and parks that have already become tobacco-free.
When does the tobacco-free policy go into effect?
The tobacco-free policy is in effect as of January 1, 2016.
Where is this policy in effect and to whom does it apply?
This policy applies to all students, employees, and visitors (which includes vendors, volunteers, contractors, etc.) at all Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Southampton and Stony Brook Manhattan locations.
How is tobacco defined under this policy?

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.

Are electronic cigarettes (also known as "e-cigs") included in this policy?
Yes. Using an electronic cigarette or "vaping" is prohibited.
Is the use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) permissible?

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.

Will there be designated areas for smokers/tobacco users on campus?
No. There will be no designated areas for smokers on campus once the tobacco-free policy is in effect.
Will there be a transition period before full enforcement is expected?
Yes. Stony Brook is committed to monitoring our campus climate and will take a gradual approach regarding enforcement. Informing our campus community about this policy and providing education and support for those who want to quit using tobacco are paramount.
Is the University forcing people to stop using tobacco?

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.

Are resources available to those who want to quit using tobacco?
Stony Brook offers many resources to students and employees seeking help with quitting tobacco. Please visit our Tobacco-Free Resources page for more information.
What should I do if I see someone smoking or using tobacco at Stony Brook?

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.

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