The Policy

The UMass Amherst Policy for a Tobacco-Free Campus

The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits tobacco use starting July 1, 2013.  For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” refers to any and all tobacco products, whether inhaled or ingested, as well as electronic cigarettes.  The use of tobacco products is prohibited everywhere on campus, inside buildings and throughout the grounds.  This policy applies to everyone and anyone on campus, including students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors.

  1. The use of tobacco is prohibited in all buildings and vehicles owned or leased by UMass Amherst, regardless of location.
  2. The use of tobacco is also prohibited on all University grounds and in any outdoor area controlled by the University.  This includes all University land, parking lots and parking ramps, athletic fields, tennis courts, and recreational areas.
  3. The use of tobacco is prohibited inside any vehicle located on University grounds.
  4. When any person enters the grounds of the University, any smoking material shall be extinguished and disposed of in an appropriate receptacle at the perimeter of the grounds of the University.

Exceptions for research purposes require the approval of the Provost or designee.  Requests for any other exceptions as may be required by law should be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.