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PG-64 University Tobacco Use Policy

Policy: PG-64
Subject: University Tobacco Use Policy
Approval Date: 12/7/17
Revision Date: 08/08/19
Last Review Date: 08/08/19


Morehead State University (MSU) acknowledges and supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and/or passive, is a significant health hazard. We further recognize that environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a Class-A carcinogen and that there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), a recognized toxic air contaminant. In light of these health risks, Morehead State University has adopted a NO TOBACCO USE policy.


This policy is in effect for all persons, at all times, who are attending classes, working, living, visiting, attending/participating in athletic events, programs, and all activities and programs on University owned, leased, or controlled property and in campus owned, leased, or rented vehicles. This includes University property outside the main campus such as farm facilities, golf courses, art galleries, parking lots, performance venues, and sporting venues, and functions that are held in these facilities and venues.


Tobacco is defined as all tobacco‐derived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars and cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco (spit and spit-less, smokeless, chew, snuff) and those devices/products giving the appearance of tobacco use such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

For the purpose of this policy, the MSU campus shall be defined as that which is contained within the legal property boundaries of all property owned, leased to, or managed by the University.

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Policy Principles:

Tobacco use is prohibited on all University owned, leased, or controlled property and in University owned, leased, or rented vehicles. This includes but is not limited to all University sidewalks, parking lots, landscaped and recreational areas; at lectures, conferences, meetings and social/cultural events held on University‐owned or controlled property; in vehicles owned and/or operated by the University; in privately owned vehicles parked on, or in transit across University property; and in the interior of all buildings and University residences, including residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses on campus.

Tobacco use is prohibited in all buildings, including the pro shop, barns, sheds, covered pavilions and work areas, animal care facilities, and storage structures at the Eagle Trace Golf Course, University Farm and Browning Orchard. 

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, clients, contractors and vendors. This policy is in effect at all times (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week). 

All tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution are prohibited on campus properties. The distribution or sampling of tobacco and associated products is prohibited on all University owned, leased, or controlled property and at University-sponsored events, regardless of the venue.

The sale of tobacco products and tobacco-related merchandise (including items reflecting logos) is prohibited on all University property and at University sponsored events, regardless of the operating vendor.

Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of athletic or other events is prohibited.

The University does not permit tobacco companies on campus to conduct student recruitment or employment activities. The University does not accept any direct or indirect funding from tobacco companies.

Policy Exceptions:

Exceptions to this policy are only allowed in designated outside smoking areas approved by the MSU President. Approved smoking areas will be clearly marked with signage and be equipped with appropriate containers for disposal of ash, butts and other waste from tobacco use.

Policy Management and Compliance:

Employee violations of this policy shall be reported to the appropriate supervisor. Student violations of this policy should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. Visitor violations should be reported to the appropriate Morehead State University employee who has the authority to handle the situation. This may include, for example, the building manager, Dean of Students, the Director of a program, or a Public Safety Officer, etc.

There shall not be reprisals against anyone reporting violations of this policy. The success of this policy depends on the cooperation and consideration of members of the Morehead State University Community as all students, faculty, and staff share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy.

Violation of this regulation may result in corrective action through the appropriate process that includes the MSU Student Handbook; MSU Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual; or other regulations and policies. Visitors refusing to comply with the Tobacco Policy may be asked to leave campus or may be cited for non-compliance with University policies.

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Morehead, KY 40351

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PHONE: 606-783-2097

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