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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 eight areas throughout the campus 

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, e-cigarettes, vaporizers 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.

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 gansa@hampshire.edu.
  3. Campus sanctioned fire pits: See the fire safety policy on open fires or contact the greenwich/enfield area coordinator at 413.559.5314.