CUNY-Wide Prohibition of Smoking Policy

January 2010

As the largest urban University in the country, The City University of New York is committed to promoting the health and well-being of its faculty, students and staff.  Under the Board of Trustees Resolution, effective January 1, 1995, smoking is prohibited inside all facilities, including vehicles owned, leased, or operated by The University.

 The health hazards of tobacco use are well documented.  Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke has been associated with the occurrence of many diseases, such as lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers and low birthrate in the offspring of non-smokers.  Environmental tobacco smoke represents one of the strongest sources of indoor air contaminants in buildings where smoking is permitted.  The significant health hazards associated with tobacco smoke for both smokers and non-smokers alike necessitates a University smoke-free environment.