Smoking Policy

Bowdoin College wishes to promote a safe and healthful environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The health risks of smoking are well known, and make smoking the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also dangerous, and is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country.

With this in mind, in September 2002, the College adopted a policy that does not permit indoor smoking of any kind (including but not limited to, “vaping”, the use of electronic delivery systems, and personal vaporizers) on College property, including residence halls and office buildings. Smoking is not permitted on athletic grounds, in College vehicles, or within fifty feet of all building entrances.

This non-smoking environment policy was adopted to provide for the improved health and safety of the campus community. The policy is in compliance with the state of Maine's Workplace Smoking Act of 1985, and Maine's Act to Protect Maine Citizens from the Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (effective January 1, 1994).

Students interested in quitting smoking should contact the Health Center about cessation assistance, including nicotine replacement and other pharmacologic aids.

Note: Disabling or otherwise tampering with any fire safety device, to allow smoking in residential spaces or for any other reason, is a violation of both College policy and state and federal law, and will result in sanction and possible criminal prosecution.