Let's be clear: PSU is smoke and tobacco free

You can’t smoke, chew or vape anywhere on campus starting this fall; Portland State has gone completely smoke and tobacco free. 

On Sept. 15, PSU joined nearly 1,600 colleges and universities across the country and more than 20 in Oregon in banning all smoke and tobacco products on campus, including smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes and hookahs.

The new policy fulfills PSU President Wim Wiewel’s pledge at the 2013 Fresh Air Challenge to have a smoke free campus by 2016.

"Creating a smoke and tobacco free campus is part of PSU's commitment to fostering a healthier environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors," said Dr. Dana Tasson, executive director of the Center for Student Health and Counseling. 

In a 2012 survey, 62 percent of faculty, 64 percent of staff and 57 percent of students agreed that PSU should be a smoke free campus. 

Starting in 2009, the PSU Healthy Campus Initiative—made up of staff, faculty and students—drafted a new policy and worked with outside partners such as Portland Parks and Recreation and the City of Portland. In 2014, City of Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz signed a park rule that allowed for the South Park Blocks to be smoke and tobacco free. 

The new policy does not provide areas for people to smoke or use tobacco products on campus property. All those who choose to smoke or use tobacco products are asked to be respectful of PSU’s neighbors.

More information, the full policy and smoking cessation resources are on the Healthy Campus webpage