Tobacco-Free UMass Amherst

Acting on the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has adopted a policy prohibiting tobacco use on campus beginning July 1, 2013. 

In doing so, the campus joins several hundred colleges and universities around the country that have taken this step in order to protect the health of members of the campus community. 

As the Faculty Senate said in recommending this step, as a public institution of higher education, UMass Amherst has an obligation to promote a healthful environment for its students, employees, and visitors. 

Recognizing that tobacco use compromises the health and well-being of the entire campus community, the campus administration adopted this policy and appointed an implementation committee, whose charge includes developing programs to help educate the campus community about the dangers of tobacco use and resources to support students and employees in their efforts to adapt to the new policy.