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 permissible at Stony Brook. Changing our campus culture will be a community effort. If you notice someone smoking or using a tobacco product on campus, you may kindly inform the person that we are a tobacco-free institution. When approaching someone, please be sure to treat them in a friendly and respectful manner. If the smoker becomes hostile or angry upon being approached, do not escalate the situation; simply walk away. Additional resources on how to approach and offer help to a tobacco user will become available on this website.
Adoption of Stony Brook's tobacco-free policy, in and of itself, should be considered a success. Offering programs and support to help people who wish to cease using tobacco is another success. Reducing second- and third-hand smoke, as well as promoting a cleaner, healthier, safer, and more inviting campus, are other successes this policy aims to achieve.
Stony Brook is joining the ranks of nearly 800 schools across the country that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on their campuses. It's no surprise that many schools are moving in this direction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to regulate additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The use of all forms of tobacco and any nicotine delivery devices that have not been approved by the FDA for cessation purposes are prohibited at Stony Brook. Prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products is consistent with the aims of the tobacco-free policy.