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Smoking Policy

This academic year, Hampshire continues its transition to become a smoke free campus with the participation and leadership of students, staff, faculty, and the Board of Trustees. Hampshire will join thousands of colleges and universities across the nation committed to building a caring and collaborative community grounded in holistic wellness as we continue on the path to becoming fully smoke free.

Beginning August 16, Hampshire will become smoke free with the exception of Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) located outside our residences and the Red Barn. Smoking includes e-cigarettes, vaping, and any other smoke or vapor-producing products. This means that smoking will be permitted in Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) only.

What does smoke free 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, 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, including in personal vehicles. 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.