Baldwin Wallace University

The new tobacco and smoke-free campus policy began as a BW Student Government initiative and will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

BW Joins Tobacco-Free Campus Movement

May 6, 2016

Baldwin Wallace University Buoyed by student support, the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees has approved a tobacco ban on all BW property beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

The University’s new Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policy was established in the interest of the “health, safety, and comfort” of the campus community.

Student-Led Initiative

The policy change began as a Student Government initiative that included a campus survey. Former BW Student Body President Ashley King said she is pleased to see the policy come to fruition on the eve of her graduation from BW. 

"After surveying the Student Body and seeing a positive response, student leaders worked together to help make this happen," said King. "So many students took initiative and did their part to promote wellness and with the dedication of many students, we are so pleased to become a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus."

Nationwide Movement

With tobacco use a leading cause of death in the United States, the American Lung Association has reported that tobacco-free policies are a growing trend on college campuses across the country.

The BW policy will apply to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, subcontractors, consultants, and vendors alike on any BW property. The personal use of tobacco will be prohibited in “all university buildings, athletic and recreational facilities, parking lots and university owned, or personal vehicles being driven or parked on campus." The policy covers "any tobacco product, whether lighted or not, including but not limited to: cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, smokeless and chewing tobacco.”

Cessation Support Offered

The 2017 implementation will give tobacco users an opportunity to access cessation support programs. Leading up to the effective date, the University will encourage an support students and employees who currently use tobacco to quit, and will work to connect them with and to provide cessation resources.