PRP 5253 – Smoking Policy

Issued by: Robert J. Parrish, V. P. for Administration
Revised by: Richard H. Rugen, V. P. for Administration and Finance

Notes: Endorsed by Forum 1-31-90; by General Administration Committee 2-01-90, Reviewed and updated by GAC April 2002
GAC updated April 2004, Secretariat Approved 4-19-04
Forum Approved November 2004
Effective Date: November 17, 2004
GAC Updated October 2007
Forum Approved February 2008

Notes: April 20, 2010: This policy is in effect but will be modified in accordance with the PASSHE Statewide Guidelines for revising Policies in Compliance with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act February 23, 2011: GAC revised. March 2013. GAC revised.


The concerns of nonsmokers and smokers working together in a common work place have resulted in the need for a policy which addresses issues relative to smoking. This document is an application of the Governor’s Directive 205.19, “Policy on Smoking in State System Buildings and Facilities” and the August, 2009 PASSHE Statewide Guidelines/Revising Local Smoking Policies in Compliance with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act. This policy defines Bloomsburg University’s local interpretation of these laws and regulations.

Bloomsburg University is dedicated to providing a healthy, safe and productive work and educational environment. This goal can best be achieved through ongoing efforts to protect nonsmokers and to help people adjust to restrictions on smoking. This policy is also intended to comply with all laws and regulations governing smoking in public places.


It is the policy of Bloomsburg University to respect the health concerns of people and the preferences of persons who object to tobacco smoke in public areas, buildings, facilities, university controlled vehicles, and enclosed cab equipment. In recognition of the health hazards associated with tobacco smoke, smoking is permitted only at outside designated areas. These areas will have smoking urns in place within a reasonable distance of a building. Smoking is also permitted in personal vehicles.

Selection of smoking sites will be within the PASSHE-Statewide Guidelines and in compliance with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act.

Smoking is permitted as defined above as long as tobacco waste is properly disposed. Disposal of tobacco waste on campus grounds is considered littering and may be subject to appropriate actions.


The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All Bloomsburg University employees share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the policy. Any conflicts should be brought to the attention of the appropriate supervisor and/or to the Vice President of Finance and Administration for resolution.