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Smoking Guidelines for Brown University Facilities

Smoking is prohibited in all Brown residential and dining facilities.

Health: Secondhand smoke is a Class A carcinogen or a compound that causes cancer in humans. Its many detrimental effects on health are well established and include triggering of asthma attacks, causing lung cancer, and contributing to cardiac arrest. Attempts to eradicate exposure to secondhand smoke by limiting smoking to enclosed spaces is ineffective because smoke can travel through open doors, space in doorframes, and through heating vents. A recent study by the Harvard school of Public Health shows that college students who live in smoke-free residence halls are 40% less likely to take up smoking than their counterparts who live in housing where smoking is permitted.

Safety: Smoking indoors poses a serious fire risk to buildings. Cigarette-ignited fires caused an estimated 30% of fire deaths in the United States, more deaths than any other kind of fire. (For the list of U.S. colleges and universities that have experience fatalities due to smoking related fires, consult the Office of Residential Life.)

Cessation: More than 400,000 Americans die each year as a result of smoking; more still experience physical impairments because of their addiction to tobacco. Recognizing this, Brown encourages students who use tobacco products to quit. Health Services offers a smoking cessation program for students. These treatment programs are tailored to students and may include nicotine patches.

Peer Institutions: Many peer institutions have limited smoking privileges in residence halls and/or dining facilities, including Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Oberlin, Princeton, and Stanford. Locally, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Bryant College.

Enforcement: Effective implementation of the smoking policy depends upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the Brown community. Complaints or disputes should be brought to the attention of residence hall Community Directors or staff in the dining facilities. If satisfactory resolution is not reached, offenders will be referred to the University's Student Conduct system.