Policy Statment

The University of Colorado Boulder recognizes that smoking any substance presents a public health hazard. The University is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and educationally productive learning environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. As such, it shall be the policy of the Boulder Campus that smoking will not be allowed in either indoor or outdoor areas of the campus.

The University of Colorado Boulder recognizes that quitting smoking can be a significant personal challenge. Cessation programs and a reasonable period of education and acclimation are integral components in implementing this policy. Subject to the availability of resources, both the state and the campus will provide to faculty, staff, and students a variety of cessation aids, including cessation classes and nicotine replacement products.


The use of smoking products of any sort shall be prohibited on all university-owned and operated campus grounds both indoors and outdoors. This smoking ban does not apply to public rights-of-way (sidewalks, streets) on the perimeter of the campus.

"Smoking," as used in this policy, means smoking any substance, including but not limited to, tobacco, cloves, or marijuana. "Smoking Products" include, but are not limited to, all cigarette products (cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, e-cigarettes, etc.) and all smoke-producing products (cigars, pipes, hookahs, vaporizers, etc.). University-owned and operated campus grounds include, but are not limited to: all outdoor common and educational areas; all university buildings; university-owned on-campus housing; campus sidewalks; campus parking lots; recreational areas; outdoor stadiums; and university-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location). In keeping with university policy, the sale, distribution, and sampling of all tobacco products and tobacco-related merchandise is prohibited on all university-owned and operated property and at university-sponsored events. Littering campus with remains of smoking products is prohibited.

This policy applies to all employees, students, visitors, contractors and externally affiliated individuals or companies renting university-owned space on university-owned and operated property campus grounds..


All University of Colorado Boulder students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors must comply with this policy. Individuals observed smoking on the campus will be informed and asked to stop.

Organizers of public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events and cultural events using campus facilities must advise participants in such events of this policy and require compliance.

Violators may be provided education, offered a referral for smoking cessation and, if a student or employee of University of Colorado Boulder, may be subject to disciplinary action as indicated below.

Persons engaging in smoking and/or the use of Smoking Products in violation of this policy may be subject to the following:

  • Students will be referred to the appropriate student conduct office. Violation of this policy is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Employees will be referred to their supervisor and/or appointing authority for appropriate action.
  • Contractors will be referred to their respective employers for appropriate action.
  • Visitors will be required to leave the campus if they fail to conform to the policy when advised.

No person who makes a complaint of a violation of this policy or who furnishes information concerning a violation of this policy shall be retaliated against in any manner.

Revised: April 22, 2015

Effective Date

Tuesday, August 9, 1994