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Smoking Policy

Purpose: In Spring 2015, President Jonathan Lash informed the community that Hampshire College would restrict smoking. The need for policy change became apparent during the 2013-2014 strategic planning process and restricting smoking to designated smoking areas was approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2016. President Lash stated that restricting smoking “…out of  respect for others and the environment will allow us to increase overall community wellness and provide a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable campus for students, faculty, and staff.”

Effective September 1st, 2016, smoking became restricted to designated smoking areas (DSA).
DSA are located in seven areas throughout the campus - Behind the Prescott Tavern, by the Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) parking lot between Dakin & Adele Simmons Hall (ASH), behind the library near the bus stop, next to Greenwich House Apartments, between Enfield House Aparments and Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH), and near the Red Barn.

What does restricting smoking mean?
It means the restriction of any combustible product that is producing smoke, including but not limited to, cigarettes (including hand-rolled), cigars, cigarillos or mini-cigars, pipes including improvised pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other similar devices or products.

Smoking means carrying a lighted or inhaling a lighted product or the burning of any material to be inhaled including, but not limited to, cigarettes (including hand-rolled), cigars, cigarillos or mini-cigars, pipes including improvised pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other similar devices or products.

What about e-cigarettes and/or vaporizers?
This policy allows outdoor use of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizers 25 feet or more from campus buildings. Research as of Fall 2015 indicates that the second hand impact of the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is minimal. This does not mean that e-cigarettes are safe, but rather that research suggests they are safer than tobacco cigarettes. If future research is published that indicates otherwise, this policy may be revisited. Please note that research indicates young adults who have never smoked tobacco cigarettes but begin using e-cigarettes may be more likely to transition to using tobacco cigarettes 

Indoor use of e-cigarettes is prohibited as the vapor can trigger or worsen respiratory conditions. (See additional research here and here.)  Additionally, the vapor that is exhaled can set off smoke detectors and fire alarms. 

Reach & Compliance
This campus policy applies indoors and outdoors, to all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the College, including College owned vehicles. See Campus Map.

All College employees, students, visitors, guests, vendors, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in effect at all times. Failure to comply with this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with Employee Handbook or the Student Handbook’s Norms for Community Living and Policies. Refusal to comply with the policy by visitors, guests, vendors, and contractors may be grounds for removal from campus.

Exceptions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Academic: The use of smoke producing products in laboratory and classroom instruction or experiments as part of academic work, in compliance with established safety standards.
  2. Cultural and religious practices: Specific activities used in connection with the practice of cultural activities including practices by American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a allow for the use of combustible products. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the office of student rights and responsibilities by contacting
  3. Campus sanctioned fire pits: See the fire safety policy on open fires or contact the greenwich/enfield area coordinator at 413.559.5314.