Clean Air Policy

Bowling Green State University is dedicated to promoting a healthy and comfortable environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. To meet this commitment, smoking is limited. Research shows tobacco use, in general, constitutes a significant health hazard. The policy is designed to educate and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and to help reduce tobacco use among students, faculty and staff. 

Smoking is prohibited in all facilities owned or leased by Bowling Green State University and on the grounds of any property owned or leased by the University. Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device for burning tobacco or any other plant, per section 3794.01 of the ORC. This includes all buildings owned or controlled by Bowling Green State University, shelters, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, indoor and outdoor theatres, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, and parking lots (unless otherwise designated). Smoking is prohibited on sidewalks that adjoin University property. Smoking is also prohibited in any vehicle or equipment owned, leased or operated by Bowling Green State University. Application of this policy to university owned detached single family residences shall be determined by University Facilities at the time any such lease is executed. 

This policy should not be construed as constraining academic research by the faculty into matters associated with smoking.

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Students, faculty, and staff violating this policy may be subject to University action. Visitors who violate this policy may be denied access to Bowling Green State University campuses and may be subject to prosecution for trespass. Violations of this policy will be handled in accordance with procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and the BGSU Employee Common Handbook.  
Students alleged of violating of the Clean Air policy may be documented using the University's incident report form. Faculty, staff or any other individual alleged of violating the Clean Air Policy should be reported through an email to including date, time location and names of individuals when possible.

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In 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents, with the support of then-Chancellor Jim Petro, advocated for the establishment of tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout Ohio. Last fall, I appointed a committee chaired by Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jill Carr to explore options for BGSU. The committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, conducted research and surveys and engaged constituent representatives in discussions.

The committee submitted the recommendation to move toward a smoke-free campus with smoking areas in designated parking lots throughout campus. The Board of Trustees approved this policy, and effective Jan. 1, 2014, Bowling Green State University will join many other universities in becoming a smoke-free campus.

This policy supports BGSU’s commitment to promoting a healthy environment. Within this website, you will find the policy, information on cessation programs and a map of designated smoking areas.


Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.