The university has accepted the opinion of the Surgeon General that smoking is the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death. Since the university has substantial commitments to health-related research and teaching, it has a parallel commitment to protect the health environment of students, employees and guests. Therefore, and in compliance with the State of Ohio smoking ban set out in Chapter 3794 of the Ohio Revised Code, the university does not permit smoking in any of its buildings or structures, including in residence halls or in university vehicles. In addition, all outside walkways and grounds of university property are smoke-free, except for specific university-designated smoking areas. The medical, dental and nursing schools and the health sciences podium and the health sciences garage are entirely smoke-free and do not have any university-designated smoking areas.
All university faculty, staff, and student employees share the responsibility for maintaining a healthy work environment. All are encouraged to notify any person violating this policy to discontinue smoking immediately. University Police and Security Services will issue citations to any campus community member or visitor found in violation of this policy. If a student needs assistance with a smoking cessation program, he/she should contact University Counseling Services for available campus resources.
August 21, 2012