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PSU Smoking 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. Furthermore, 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:

  1. PSU Smoking/Tobacco 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
  4. 2012 Smoking Policy Evaluation Report
  5. Environmental Impacts 2013