Sonoma State Goes Smoke and Tobacco Free

Sonoma State is one of the first campuses in the California State University system to go completely smoke free. San Diego State and CSU Fullerton are currently the only other smoke-free CSUs, although San Jose State goes smoke-free on Aug. 1, 2015. SSU’s policy went into effect February 1, 2015 and allowed smoking in campus parking lots through June 30. Effective July 1, 2015 the entire campus became smoke-free.

"Talks have been in the works for some time about this," says Tammy Kenber, SSU's Senior Director of Human Resources, "but 2015 was the year when things finally came together and the policy successfully made its way through the shared governance process. We are fortunate to live in a very healthy and health-conscious part of the country. For the most part, this policy is widely supported for promoting the wellness of employees, students and our community."

The policy includes smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette products such as vapor cigarettes and extends to off-campus sites under University ownership or control, which includes SSU's nature preserves. As of January 1, 2015 more than 1,500 colleges and universities nationally have implemented 100% smoke-free policies on campus, including 27 in California, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana and Oklahoma prohibit smoking on public college campuses statewide.

Santa Rosa Junior College was designated a smoke-free campus in 2009 and their campus issues tickets and levies fines for violations. SSU will not issue tickets for smoking on campus but offenses will be addressed similar to violations of any other campus policy. Employees with questions should contact the University’s Human Resources Department e at hr@sonoma.edu. Students with questions should contact Student Affairs or Student Health Center. Visitors and community members may contact the University Affairs Division.