Why go smoke- and tobacco-free?


Goucher College will join the nearly 1,500 colleges and universities that have adopted a full smoke- and tobacco-free policy. Our former policy of permitting smoking 25-feet away from buildings was largely unenforceable and ineffective, on a campus with buildings and walkways in such close proximity. In the past several years, we have increasingly heard stories of campus community members suffering asthma attacks or other consequences from secondhand smoke. Students often share stories of how difficult it is to stop smoking at Goucher, or of how they only started smoking once they joined our college community.

Goucher College is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment to our community members. Research findings clearly show that tobacco use and secondhand smoke constitute significant public health hazards, and we feel that this decision will provide us with the opportunity to improve the overall wellness of our community.

For whom does this policy apply?

Everyone - All Goucher community members, their guests, visitors, and any other person who enters campus

Does this policy include all tobacco products and forms of smoking?

Yes. All tobacco products (any substance containing tobacco leaf), electronic smoking devices, hookahs, and any other lighted or heated product intended for inhalation, are prohibited.

Why are electronic smoking devices (ESDs) included?

Electronic smoking devices are currently unregulated products with an incomplete body of research related to its potential harms. It is commonly believed that ESDs release only water vapor and are not harmful to non-users. However, these devices emit an aerosol (not a vapor) containing nicotine and other toxins that are harmful to others. For that reason, most smoke-free environments prohibit ESD use.

What is the implementation plan?

Starting on July 14, 2017, smoking of any kind will be permitted only within ten-feet of seven designated zones. This policy will remain in place for one year, starting on July 15, 2017. On July 15, 2018, these areas will be removed, and the college will make the transition to a 100% smoke-free campus. Please see the Map of Smoking Areas for locations of the smoking zones.

What about the rights of individuals who choose to smoke or use tobacco?

The college is not requiring that anyone quit smoking or using tobacco. We are however asking that those individuals support this initiative and not engage in those activities while on campus.

Will there be cessation programs available for students, faculty and staff?

Yes. College and community resources will be compiled and updated on the Smoke-Free Initiative website under Resources and Links. The Smoke-Free Initiative working group will spend the 2017-2018 academic year focusing on identifying and sharing additional programs for community members who are interested in quitting.

Will people be able to smoke or use tobacco in their own vehicles while on campus?


How will this policy be enforced?

The Offices of Public Safety and Residential life are responsible for general enforcement of this policy. Violators will be cited and sanctioned consistent with the guidelines presented in the full smoke-free policy

Individuals observing noncompliance with the policy may contact the Office of Public Safety with a location and name(s) or description(s) of the individual(s) involved. Violators may only be cited if Public Safety Officers or Residential Life staff observe violations first-hand. However, Public Safety or the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students may informally contact alleged-violators (who were not cited) to remind them about the current policy.

Do you have a question that we did not address in this FAQ? We would like to hear from you. Please send your questions to Associate Dean of Students, Andrew Wu, at andrew.wu@goucher.edu.