Smoke-Free 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. In addition, smoking includes the use of any electronic product or vaporizing device that delivers nicotine or any other substance to the person inhaling from the device to simulate smoking. 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.

View the Complete Smoke Free Policy Document (PDF)

Faculty/Staff Information:

IMPACT Employee Assistance Program: BGSU employees and their families can take advantage of this complimentary service. For more information visit Your account login is BGSU. 

Medical Mutual Insurance’s SuperWell Quit Line: Employees and spouses who are covered on the health insurance plan are eligible to enroll. Learn more about A Better Way to Quit from Medical Mutual.

Student Information:

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center offers individual screening for alcohol and other drug concerns, individual and group counseling, education, consultation and referral for BGSU students. These services are free to all students who come in on their own. To set up an appointment with the A.T.O.D. Prevention Specialist or ask questions please contact the Counseling Center at 419-372-2081.

Wood County Hospital: Smoking cessation classes are in two formats available, an individual program and a group program. This program uses a positive behavior change approach while giving special attention to developing a quitting strategy dealing with recovery symptoms, controlling weight, managing stress through relaxation, assertiveness techniques, and staying off cigarettes. Pre-registration is required for all programs. To register or for questions about scheduling programs and program fees, call 419-354-8887.

Updated: 01/25/2023 07:17PM