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PSU Smoking/Tobacco Policy

In 2007 the PSU Tobacco Policy Committee conducted an extensive evaluation of the PSU smoking/tobacco policy.The evaluation consisted of a review of the literature, state law (ORS 433.835-433.990), web-based survey responses from the campus community, along with the policies, procedures, and trends in other Oregon state colleges and universities, including a sample of five urban institutions in other states. The committee concluded that a more comprehensive policy was needed.

 

Portland State University is committed to maintaining a greener and healthier campus environment for all PSU community members. With this policy, our hope is to protect all who live, work, study or visit the campus from a major health concern: secondhand smoke. In the 2006 report, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in both children and adults who do not smoke. Further, secondhand smoke exposure in adults has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer. While the scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, our intention is to substantially reduce the risk to nonsmokers across the PSU campus.

Please visit one of the links below for more information regarding this policy:

  1. HR Website - Smoking Policy
  2. Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy Evaluation Report.A Summary of work by the Smoking/Tobacco Use Committee
  3. American College Health Association's Position Statement on Tobacco


Smoking Rules  

Portland State University prohibits smoking of any kind in any university building. Additionally smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any doorway or marked air intake. Please use the marked smoking areas.

The goal of the policy is to provide a smoke free environment for University staff and students. When there are concerns about the effectiveness or appropriateness of this policy, they may be brought to the attention of the University Safety Committee and Safety Director for review and interpretation.