Tobacco-Free Miami

Cigarette and tobacco can crossed out. Miami University is tobacco-free.

Miami is tobacco-free

In order to promote the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, all Miami University locations are designated Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Environments.

Miami prohibits cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, hookahs, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco. See the Tobacco-Free PolicyMUPIM 16.13/OAC 3339-16-13.

Enforcing the Policy

We shall interact with smokers firmly, but courteously and respectfully. Members of the Miami community can remind tobacco users that this is a tobacco-free campus and, to please refrain from smoking and tobacco use on university property. Visitors are informed of the policy. Employees seen smoking or using tobacco on the grounds should be asked to stop using tobacco. Signs are posted in strategic locations throughout the campuses. People applying for positions at Miami are informed in advance that we have a smoke- and tobacco-free policy. Students applying to Miami are told in the student handbook and at other opportunities that it is a tobacco-free university.

Enforcement Scenarios

Approaching Someone on University Property

Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on the property of Miami University.

Response: Hello, I am an (employee, student, etc) here at Miami University. I want to make you aware that we are a tobacco-free campus, meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on our grounds. Thank you for your cooperation."

Advising Vendors and Visitors

For vendors and visitors to the Miami University campuses: "I'd like to let you know in advance that Miami University is a tobacco-free environment as of July 1, 2013. We respectfully ask that representatives from your organization refrain from using tobacco products on our property, grounds, or parking areas. We have employees and students who are trying to quit using tobacco and want to create an environment that will help them in their cessation efforts.”

Areas Covered by the Policy

Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"

Response: "The use of tobacco products is not allowed anywhere on university property including in your personal vehicle. If you need to smoke or use tobacco products, you will need to leave the campus. Thank you for respecting our policy.”

Advising Prospective Students and Their Families

For prospective students and their families, prior to visiting the Miami University campuses: "I'd like to let you know in advance that Miami University is a tobacco-free environment as of July 1, 2013. The use of tobacco products is not allowed on our property, grounds, or parking areas. Thank you for respecting our policy."

Frequently Asked Questions

To whom does the policy apply?

The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Does the policy apply to just the Oxford campus?

No, the policy applies to all Miami campuses including Luxembourg, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC), and any property owned or used by Miami.

What about Marcum Conference Center and Inn?

There is no longer designated smoking areas for visitors to Marcum Conference Center.

What exactly does the policy prohibit?

Smoking is defined as burning of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking equipment, including, but not restricted to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars or pipes." Chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products are also prohibited.

When was the policy implemented?

The original policy took effect on August 1, 2008. The updated policy took effect July 1, 2013.

How is the policy enforced?

Our standard procedures to monitor compliance and violations will be in effect within all facilities and across the campuses. We expect all our employees, students and visitors to comply with this policy. While the University’s expectation was that people would voluntarily comply with our previous smoke-free policy, that has been only partly successful. Going forward, Miami will promote more active enforcement of its tobacco-free policy. Social awareness through active campaigns will encourage compliance.