Tobacco-Free Stanford Medicine

Campus Wide Policy

Tobacco products are dangerous to human health. As the Stanford University School of Medicine and its medical centers are dedicated to promoting the health of our community and nation, we have concluded that the use of all tobacco products is sufficiently detrimental to health, not only for those who use these products but also for those who are exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, secondhand aerosol (e.g., from electronic cigarettes), and thirdhand effects such as those that occur from smoke or aerosol gathering on clothes, furniture, carpets and so on. The Stanford University School of Medicine is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors with a smoke-free, vapor-free and tobacco-free environment. Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford have adopted similar policies for the hospital campuses.

This policy was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the School of Medicine and approved by the Dean and the President. The Vice Provost and Dean of Research and the President approved the inclusion of the James H. Clark Center.

Policy Scope

It is the policy of the Stanford University School of Medicine that tobacco and inhaled nicotine use is prohibited anywhere on the School of Medicine campus for faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, patients and visitors.

This policy includes the following products:

  • Cigarettes, cigars, and cigarillos (commercially or self rolled)
  • Pipes, hookahs, water pipes
  • Electronic cigarettes in all of their forms (e.g., cigalikes, e-hookahs, vape pens, advanced personal vaporizers)
  • Smokeless tobacco (e.g., snuff, snus, dissolvables, chew)


  • School of Medicine: Smoking and vaping are not permitted indoor or outdoor whether on campus or at satellite, off campus locations. This includes the James H. Clark Center.
  •  Map of tobacco-free zone on the core Stanford School of Medicine campus. 

Adopted September 1, 2007

Modified April 20, 2015

Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation programs are available to the campus community through the following service centers:


"No Smoking or Vaping”" signs will be posted. Existing non-smoking signs can be modified by adding a “No Vaping Allowed” sticker. This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to serve and follow this policy and its guidelines. Faculty, staff and students repeatedly violating this policy may be subject to appropriate action to correct any violation(s) and prevent future occurrences.