What is the purpose of the tobacco policy?
The primary purpose is to provide a healthy environment for all. Personal use of all
tobacco products is prohibited on property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied,
or controlled by the University. Tobacco still may be used for research, educational
and cultural activities.
Who is affected by this policy?
The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors to Murray State University
and all its regional campuses.
What is considered a tobacco product and is prohibited?
For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” and “tobacco products” are defined by the
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
as any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes,
cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts,
clove cigarettes or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation
of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured,
sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product
or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation. This does not include
any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.
Can a person smoke/use tobacco products in a car on University property?
No, a person may not use tobacco products in a vehicle on University property.
What exemptions are allowed?
Upon special approval by the appropriate Vice President, controlled research on tobacco
products, theatrical performances requiring tobacco, educational, clinical and religious
ceremonies with tobacco may occur. Specific exemptions of property owned by the MSU
Foundation exist as long as the property is not contained within the immediate footprint
of the main campus, in not in an enclosed area, is at least 25 feet away from any
structure, is not in an area where any instruction is occurring, and no official University
event is being held.
What is the University doing to help employees and students who want to quit tobacco
Employees have access to cessation classes through Racer Wellness. Students and employees
have access to many resources online.
What compliance components exist?
Can I use tobacco products on the sidewalks?
No, sidewalks touching Murray State property are in the Murray State boundary and
are tobacco free zones.