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ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINE

Smoking Outside of Buildings

  • Department: Administration & Finance
  • Division: Administration & Finance
  • References:
    • Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42356
    • CSU Human Resources, HR 2002-26
    • CSULB Academic Senate Resolution No. 880-03/EC
  • Web Links:
    • Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42356
    • CSU Human Resources, HR 2002-26
    • CSULB Academic Senate Resolution No. 880-03/EC
  • Reference No.
  • Issue Date: June 2003
  • Last Updated: April 2015
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • 1. Preamble

    The purpose of this rule is to protect the access needs of individuals with serious pulmonary disorders, to enable non-smokers to conduct their campus activities without involuntary exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and to preserve the personal dignity of individuals who smoke tobacco products on campus. As such, it restricts the free use of tobacco. Specifically, smoking shall not occur at locations where individual use of or access to University facilities may be obstructed by involuntary exposure to second-hand smoke. For the purposes of this guideline, the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers are considered smoking. It is not intended as a moral or medical condemnation of smoking tobacco as a personal choice. It is simply meant to provide smoke-free use of and access to University facilities for individuals who require or choose to avoid exposure to smoke from tobacco.

  • 2. The Principle of No Involuntary Exposure to Second-hand Smoke

    The guiding principle of this document is that no individual should breathe second-hand smoke involuntarily as a part of participating in a regular University activity. There are several locations on campus where tobacco smoke constitutes an obstacle to public use or access. These include: air intake vents for buildings; entrances to buildings or rooms with exterior doorways; locations where individuals must stand in line to receive services, and semi-enclosed courtyards or passages where large groups of people pass to enter or move between buildings. Smoking of tobacco products at any of these locations forces exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

    This rule shall establish a minimum smoke-free radius around these sensitive locations. It will ban smoking outright in some large areas where air flow and use patterns justify a more extensive ban. Finally, this rule will delineate formal procedure for the users of a specific campus facility to extend prohibitions on smoking near buildings where local knowledge of use and access may indicate the need for a reasonable extension of this basic rule. All such extended prohibitions must be consistent with the principle of no involuntary use. No extension to this rule shall be accepted if it is written with the intent to limit tobacco smoking as a personal choice for individual

  • 3. Areas Prohibited to Smoking Tobacco or the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers

    • 3.1 Building Entry, Exits and Air Intake Vents

      No smoking shall be permitted within twenty feet of an exterior entrance to or exit from a building or room. Smoking is also prohibited within twenty feet of any air intake vent for a building. This twenty foot rule means: twenty feet up, down, right, left or out from any point on an entry, exit or air intake structure for a university building. Where multiple doorways or vents occur as a single complex structure, smoking is prohibited within twenty feet of the entire structure.

    • 3.2 Brotman Hall

      No smoking is permitted anywhere within 20 feet of the exterior perimeter of the Brotman Hall Building.

    • 3.3 Child-care Centers

      No smoking is permitted anywhere within 20 feet of the exterior perimeter of the Child and Family Center located in the Family and Consumer Science building. In addition, smoking is prohibited anywhere within 20 feet of the exterior perimeter of the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center located on the north end of campus.

    • 3.4 The Library to Student Union Corridor

      No smoking shall be permitted anywhere along the walking thoroughfare that connects the Main Library to the Second-Floor-West eating plaza of the Student Union. This area starts at the doors of the Main Library and includes the entire patio in front of the Library doors. It continues along the large sidewalk through the LA Corridor — the entire covered area between LA -1 and LA - 5. From LA-5 the area extends to the sidewalk between FO-1 and the Psychology building. It continues to and past the Bookstore, and on to the walkway at any table in the covered area to the east of the Cafeteria Building. It ends with the escalator that connects the Cafeteria to the Second-Floor-West eating plaza of the Student Union. This area does not include the covered area in front of the Nugget, the small Plaza in front of the Psychology Building, the Plaza in front of the Beach Hut or any of the adjacent benches.

  • 4. Extending Smoking Prohibitions at Other Locations

    Any location may be added to the list of smoke free areas on campus if it can be shown to be a location where use of or access to University facilities or services is limited by involuntary exposure to second-hand smoke. This is also the only reason that a location may be added to this list. All such requests must be forwarded to the Vice President of the Division that is in charge of the building or area in question. The Vice presidents may establish their own process to determine whether to add a site to the list of non-smoking locations on campus.

    Such requests may be submitted by any member of the faculty or staff, any student, any Academic Department, any college level Faculty Council, any college level Staff Council, college level Associated Students, the University ASI, the Academic Senate or the University Staff Council. The President's office shall publish a list of the smoke free areas during the summer term of each year.

  • 5. Review

    All locations in this rule are subject to periodic review. An area may be removed because it is determined that it does not violate the no-involuntary exposure principle. An area may also be removed if enforcement proves impossible or disruptive to campus life.

    The first review of this rule shall be conducted in one year by a committee appointed by the President. It will then be reviewed on a three-year basis using the same procedure.

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