Allegheny’s Smoking Policy was approved by the Administrative Executive Committee and has not changed since its implementation on May 1, 1994, except for the inclusion of residence halls beginning with the 1997-1998 academic year.
Office of Primary Responsibility
Dean of Students Office
Summary of Policy
Smoking in any form is prohibited inside all College-owned or leased buildings, residence halls, and College-owned or rented vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited at all formal outdoor assemblies where people are in close proximity, including athletic events, commencement, and concerts. Smokers are also encouraged to take care that their outside smoking is not picked up through windows and air intakes.
Reason for Policy
Evidence of the harmful effects of secondary smoke has grown stronger and stronger in recent years. Even brief exposure to smoke can cause physical distress in some individuals, and tobacco use is the leading avoidable cause of sickness and death in our society. We have also learned that simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace does not protect nonsmokers from environmental tobacco smoke, and even separation into different physical spaces within the same building is not adequate, given the nature of building ventilation systems. Finally, we know that smoking increases maintenance and liability costs, decreases productivity, and increases sick time. For all of these reasons, Allegheny has a smoke-free workplace.
Smokers are welcome to and may smoke outside of the buildings as long as it does not interfere with others.
Smoking: refers to all smoking methods, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, and water pipes.