Frequently Asked Questions

1. Baylor University has been smoke-free in buildings for many years. What led to the expansion of the policy to cover all University grounds and all tobacco use?
2. What research funding would be impacted without an expanded policy?
3. What are the boundaries of the University for the purposes of defining University property?
4. How will the policy be enforced?
5. Does the policy apply to the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, the School of Social Work facility in Downtown Waco, Floyd Casey Stadium/McLane Stadium, and BRIC?
6. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free campus policy apply to University apartments?
7. Can persons smoke on city streets or sidewalks that cross the campus?
8. What about exceptions to the policy?
9. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy apply at University sanctioned events or sporting activities occurring off campus property?
10. Does the policy apply to visitors to campus?
11. Is the University requiring that people quit using tobacco products?
12. What resources are available to help those who want to quit using tobacco products?
13. Will the use of e-cigarettes be permitted?
14. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy prohibit the use of chewing tobacco on campus?
15. Are clove cigarettes (Bidis or Kreteks) permitted?
16. Will the use of tobacco-free hookahs be allowed on campus?
17. Will there be designated smoking or tobacco use areas?
18. Will there be signs to tell people they can't use tobacco?
19. What will the new policy mean for owners of property adjacent to campus?
20. What if people don't abide by the policy?
21. What should I do if I see someone using tobacco or smoking on University property?
22. Will the overall cost of health insurance premiums be reduced for faculty and staff?
23. Have other universities implemented a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus?
24. Who should I contact if I have questions concerning this policy?




1. Baylor University has been smoke-free in buildings for many years. What led to the expansion of the policy to cover all University grounds and all tobacco use?
Since the mid-80s, Baylor has restricted smoking in any of its facilities because of its commitment to the health and well-being of its students, staff, and faculty. A tobacco-free, smoke-free campus not only improves the health of our constituents, but it also maintains our commitment to fostering a caring community. Out of this interest for the well being of our community, the university was considering the restriction of tobacco use throughout campus. Funding available to the university by the Cancer Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) accelerated the decision to become tobacco-free, smoke-free across campus. The expanded policy to include a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus will help preserve funding for cancer research. As a premier research institution, this funding is vital to the core mission of our university.

2. What research funding would be impacted without an expanded policy?
Baylor receives research funding from multiple sources including the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). CPRIT recently announced a change in their grant policies requiring the certification of a tobacco-free policy for entities receiving CPRIT funds.

3. What are the boundaries of the University for the purposes of defining University property?
The boundaries include any property owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by Baylor University. For purposes of this policy, it includes all Baylor property, wherever located, including but not limited to all buildings and structures, athletics complexes or stadiums, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, attached parking structures, and University-owned vehicles.

4. How will the policy be enforced?
Baylor is committed most strongly to physical and environmental improvement. Signage, The Lariat publications, University-wide announcements, and a countdown system will allow Baylor students, staff, faculty and administrators adequate time of its new tobacco-free, smoke-free policy. The expectation is that persons will voluntarily comply with the policy. It is the responsibility of everyone on campus to inform others of the new policy and ask that they put out their cigarette and/or stop using tobacco products on campus. Enforcement is not our first priority, however, if necessary, staff members in Student Conduct Administration will meet with students; deans and department chairs will meet with faculty, and Human Resources will meet with staff who do not choose to abide by the guidelines set forth in this policy.

5. Does the policy apply to the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, the School of Social Work facility in Downtown Waco, Floyd Casey Stadium/McLane Stadium, and BRIC?
Baylor´┐Żs tobacco-free, smoke-free policy applies to all buildings and properties owned and/or managed by the University. This includes within the main Waco campus, as well as inside or around the Mayborn Museum, Floyd Casey Stadium/McLane Stadium, Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center, Baylor School of Social Work, Clifton Robinson Tower, Ferrell Center, Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Campus Recreation fields, Baylor Ballpark, Hurd Tennis Center, Jim and Nell Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center, Willis Family Equestrian Center, Highers Athletic Complex, the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex, Getterman Stadium, Marina, Physical Plant, Baylor University Press, Eastland Lakes, and all other Baylor-affiliated buildings, structures, housing facilities, parking lots, sidewalks, walkways, attached parking structures, and University-owned vehicles.

6. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free campus policy apply to University apartments?
The policy applies to all University residence halls and apartments owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the University. In addition, parking lots, sidewalks, walkways, and attached parking structures are covered by this policy.

7. Can persons smoke on city streets or sidewalks that cross the campus?
Baylor University has both University and city streets running through campus. The use of tobacco products and smoking is prohibited on all University owned or controlled streets and sidewalks. The tobacco-free, smoke-free policy does not apply to city streets or sidewalks that are not owned or controlled by Baylor.

8. What about exceptions to the policy?
Narrowly defined exceptions allow for tobacco use in sponsored research projects, in educational or clinical instruction, and for artistic performance in a University-sponsored event. Approval for these exceptions will be granted by the Health Committee.

9. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy apply at University sanctioned events or sporting activities occurring off campus property?
The policy applies only to University owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled property. Events or activities scheduled elsewhere are bound by the policies or rules of the event coordinator or property manager.

10. Does the policy apply to visitors to campus?
Yes. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, campus visits, admissions events or tours, and sporting events using University facilities are required to abide by the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees.

11. Is the University requiring that people quit using tobacco products?
No. However, we are encouraging current tobacco users to explore this option. The University is committed to supporting all students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products with cessation resources. Students, faculty, and staff choosing to continue using tobacco products may do so, but only on their own time and in areas not owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by Baylor.

12. What resources are available to help those who want to quit using tobacco products?
Assistance to students, faculty, and staff to overcome addiction to tobacco products is being expanded by Baylor's Wellness Office, EPA programs offered through Human Resource Services, and local cessation programs such as Scott and White's program.
More Information: http://www.sw.org/enuff-of-the-puff/tobacco-cessation-programs

13. Will the use of e-cigarettes be permitted?
No. The FDA does not consider e-cigarettes or e-hookahs to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy. However, other forms of approved nicotine replacement therapy such as gum and patches are available through the campus pharmacy located in the McLane Student Life Center. (See FDA information on e-cigarettes.)

14. Does the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy prohibit the use of chewing tobacco on campus?
Yes. The use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products like chewing tobacco and snuff, are prohibited on all University property or in University vehicles for purposes of this policy.

15. Are clove cigarettes (Bidis or Kreteks) permitted?
No. The use of clove cigarettes is prohibited by the policy. The CDC reports that smoking clove cigarettes is associated with an increased risk for lung damage. (See CDC information on clove cigarettes.)

16. Will the use of tobacco-free hookahs be allowed on campus?
No. Hookahs, sometimes called water pipes, are prohibited by this policy and the Student Conduct Code. While some tobacco-free smoking materials are available for use in hookahs, there is insufficient research data to document that they are safe for use and that they will not pose a health risk to others. (See CDC information on hookahs.)

17. Will there be designated smoking or tobacco use areas?
No.

18. Will there be signs to tell people they can't use tobacco?
Notices bearing the message that Baylor is a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus and signs with the international symbol for tobacco-free or similar will be posted at major University vehicular, pedestrian, and building entrances. However, the policy applies to all University property whether or not a notice or sign is posted.

19. What will the new policy mean for owners of property adjacent to campus?
Baylor staff will work with business owners and other property owners adjacent to University properties to address their concerns about the possibility of litter being left behind by tobacco users. The University is committed to monitoring the impact on adjacent properties as the tobacco-free, smoke-fre campus is implemented.

20. What if people don't abide by the policy?
For visitors, we believe reminders about the tobacco-free, smoke-free campus will be important; and the University will provide messaging on University-affiliated materials, websites, vendor contracts and for special events. For students and employees, we expect cooperation with a policy that directly supports our ongoing research endeavors and other University initiatives. The University will evaluate reports of repeated concerns and implement actions for resolution.

21. What should I do if I see someone using tobacco or smoking on University property?
The following are suggested scripts to use as a helpful resource:

  • Example Script #1: 
Situation: You see a person using tobacco products/smoking on Baylor property. Response: "Hello. I want to make you aware that we are now a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus. Tobacco products and smoking are prohibited on our grounds. We would appreciate if you would not use tobacco products/smoke while visiting our campus. Thank you for your cooperation."
  • Example Script #2: 
Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"
Response: "If you need to smoke or use tobacco products, you will need to leave the campus."
  • Example Script #3:
 For registration, pre-admission, and office staff who are speaking to students and families prior to a Baylor campus visit: "I'd like to let you know in advance that our campus is a tobacco-free, smoke-free environment. The use of tobacco products and smoking are not allowed. Tobacco cessation resources are available for enrolled students and staff and faculty."

22. Will the overall cost of health insurance premiums be reduced for faculty and staff?
No, Baylor is self insured. Increases in rates for group policies reflect increases in claims that must be paid.

23. Have other universities implemented a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus?
Yes, some as early as 2003, and the number continues to increase. There are over 600 college and university campuses all across the United States that have enacted 100% tobacco- or smoke-free campuses. The University of Texas at Austin was the first Big 12 school to implement such policy in 2012; The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are also tobacco-free campuses because of state legislation prohibiting the use of tobacco at any public institution; Iowa State has been smoke free since 2008.

24. Who should I contact if I have questions concerning this policy?
Please contact the Office of Human Resources by phone (254-710-2000), email (askHR@baylor.edu), or by visiting their website at: askHR.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/hr/index.php?id=80348

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