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Issued by:
Office of the President
November 2012
July 2015
January 2016

Policy Statement

Stony Brook University has a vital interest in maintaining a respectful, safe, healthy, and clean community for all students, employees, and visitors. In an effort to embrace such values, the University is committed to providing an environment that is tobacco-free and free from secondhand smoke.

Background Information

Stony Brook University is committed to providing a tobacco-free environment for a number of reasons, including:

  1. Promoting respect for others and the environment
  2. Enhancing campus health and wellness
  3. Complementing campus sustainability efforts
  4. Lowering institutional costs that result from cleaning, maintenance, and damage caused by the use of tobacco products


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.

Visitors: includes any person that visits the University and may include: alumni, contractors, guests, subcontractors, vendors, and volunteers.


In keeping with the University's desire to provide a respectful, safe, healthy, and clean environment for all students, employees, and visitors, the use of tobacco products is not permitted at Stony Brook. No forms of tobacco use are allowed on University property. This includes all indoor and outdoor locations. The use of tobacco is also prohibited in all University vehicles, which includes buses, vans, cars, and trucks. The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products is prohibited anywhere on University property, and tobacco advertisements must not be publicly displayed at the University. Stony Brook University Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research is exempt from this policy.


  1. All students, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers, and visitors are expected to comply with this policy.
  2. University leaders, supervisors, and building managers are expected to support individuals that are seeking to become tobacco-free by making appropriate referrals and to inform/promote compliance in their area(s) of responsibility.
  3. Notice of this policy will be posted throughout the University, as appropriate.


The University acknowledges the addictive nature of tobacco and recognizes the extraordinary challenge of breaking its use. The University is committed to making every effort to assist and encourage those who struggle with tobacco use. Information on smoking/tobacco cessation, is available at:


Student Health Service
1 Stadium Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3191
(631) 632-6740

Center for Prevention and Outreach
1 Stadium Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3191
(631) 632-6729


Healthier U
N116A Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4305


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Smokers' Quitline
NY State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program
(866) NY-QUITS
(866) 697-8487


For information related to this policy, one of the following offices may be contacted:

Student Affairs
348 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-0501

Employee and Labor Relations
291A Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1015
(631) 632-6140

Environmental Health and Safety
110 Suffolk Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
(631) 632-6410

Facilities and Services
221 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1002

Relevant Standards, Codes, Rules, Regulations, Statutes, and Policies

  • NYS Public Health Law Article 13-E
  • SUNY Policy 3452
  • Stony Brook Hospital Policy EC0002


There are no forms related to this policy.

Created by Application Support for Administration
University Policy Manual @ Stony Brook University