11.11 / Tobacco Free Campus

  1. Purpose

    To provide guidance concerning tobacco use in and around campus grounds and buildings.

  2. Policy

    Wichita State University is committed to provide a tobacco-free environment for the health, well-being and safety of University students, employees and visitors; accordingly, Wichita State University is a tobacco-free campus.

  3. Exceptions

    1. Tobacco use may be permitted for controlled research with prior approval of the dean or director responsible for the facility.

    2. Tobacco use may be permitted for educational, clinical or religious ceremonial purposes with prior approval of the dean or director responsible for the program or facility.

    3. Tobacco use may be permitted in designated areas outside of WSU-ICAA controlled athletic facilities during scheduled events, with prior approval of the Director of Athletics or designee.

    4. Tobacco use may be permitted in accordance with Kansas law within designated areas of those buildings on land leased by Wichita State Innovation Alliance or third parties with prior approval of the Associate Vice President for Facilities for WSU.

  4. Definitions

    • WSU Campus

      WSU Campus includes buildings, structures, parking structures, enclosed bridges, walkways, sidewalks and parking lots owned, leased or operated by WSU.

    • Tobacco Products

      Tobacco products are defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to the following:

      • cigarettes;
      • electronic cigarettes;
      • electronic smoking devices;
      • vaping products;
      • cigars;
      • products smoked in any type of pipe;
      • smokeless tobacco;
      • oral tobacco (spit producing, non-spit producing, smokeless, chew and snuff)
      • nasal tobacco;
      • products intended to mimic tobacco products that contain tobacco flavoring;
      • products that deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation, as approved by the FDA (e.g. nicotine patch, nicotine gum).
    • Electronic Smoking Device

      Electronic smoking device means any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.

    • Hookah

      Hookah means a water pipe and any associated products and devices which are used to produce fumes, smoke and/or vapor from the burning of material including, but not limited to, tobacco, shisha or other plant matter.

    • Smoking

      Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant products intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. "Smoking" also includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this policy.

  5. Responsibilities

    Adherence to this policy is the responsibility of all members of the University community. It is expected that, while on campus, students, employees, visitors, University affiliates, contractors and volunteers will comply with this policy. Members of the University community are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness of and encourage compliance with the policy.

  6. Enforcement

    The successful implementation of the policy on July 1, 2017, will engage Student and Faculty Ambassadors in creating a tobacco-free culture based on respectful compliance from the campus community. Ambassadors will be trained to use scripted, courteous messages, reminding/informing students, employees and visitors that Wichita State University is a tobacco-free campus and directing them to available cessations services.