Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Policy

Q: Why is the policy being implemented?

A: There is virtual unanimity of opinion that the tobacco industry produces a product that is dangerous to human health. As a School of Medicine that is committed to promoting the health of our community and nation, we believe that smoking and tobacco use are sufficiently detrimental to health that they should not be allowed on our campus.

Q: When is the “Tobacco Free Campus” policy in effect?

A: The policy is effective September 1, 2007.

Q: Where does this policy apply?

A: This policy applies to the School of Medicine campus bounded by Campus Drive West/Welch Road/Pasteur Drive. A map indicating the area subject to this policy may be found at http://med.stanford.edu/tobaccofree/map/

Q: Are the hospitals covered in this policy?

A: At this time, this policy is applicable to just the School of Medicine. Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have their own policies -- SHC/LPCH Smoking Restrictions (pdf) -- which prohibit smoking indoors as well as within 20 feet of doorways and windows. Each hospital has designated outdoor smoking areas.

Q: How will this policy be enforced?

A: 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 observe 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.

Q: I'm ready to quit. Does Stanford offer any programs to help me stop smoking?

A: Smoking cessation programs are available for students, faculty and staff through the Center for Research in Disease Prevention and Health Improvement Program (HIP). Students may contact the Health Promotion Program (HPP) through the Vaden Student Health Center for smoking cessation information or programs).  The Resources for Quitting section of this web site contains information about other smoking cessation programs.

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