Tobacco Free Emory

To support a culture of health and wellness, Emory has adopted a tobacco free environment policy, prohibiting the use or sale of tobacco products on all of Emory's campuses.

Policy Details

Emory’s tobacco free environment policy applies to all Emory University and Emory Healthcare properties. The use and sale of tobacco is also prohibited at any Emory sponsored event and in personal vehicles while on Emory property.

The policy includes all forms of tobacco as well as vaping, pipes, chewing tobacco, hookahs and e-cigarettes.

Emory University does not currently prohibit smokers from applying/being hired for jobs or attending the university as a student, however, all prospective employees and students should be aware of the policy and must abide by it while on campus.

Emory Healthcare no longer hires tobacco users.

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Since the adoption of the tobacco free environment policy, smoking on Emory's campus has been significantly reduced. However, like most college campuses that have implemented similar policies, Emory does not yet have 100% compliance.

Tobacco Free Task Force

Emory's Tobacco Free Task Force, a governing group, meets quarterly to discuss ways to improve compliance and aid enforcement. Their efforts include:

  • Increased signage in areas where smoking continues to be an issue
  • Community enforcement support
  • Continued reminders to the Emory community and visitors to campus
  • Promotional campaign to increase awareness

Achieving compliance is an ongoing effort which takes everyone working together to build the awareness that smoking is not allowed at Emory.

What you can do

Be supportive of the policy and show your respect for our community by not smoking on or closely nearby campus. Smoking on sidewalks or across the street is not in the spirit of the policy.

If you notice someone smoking on campus, kindly let them know that our campus is tobacco free. Be sure to treat people with respect and professionalism as visitors may not be aware of the policy. In most cases, if someone smoking is asked to stop, they will. If someone becomes hostile or angry upon being approached, do not escalate the situation, simply walk away.