Policy Implementation

About Smoke-free Workplaces


  • You do not need to make a workplace 100% smoke-free; just designate a smoking area.
  • You do not need to make a workplace 100% smoke-free; just create ventilated smoking rooms. Ventilation systems can get rid of tobacco smoke indoors.
  • Smoke-free policies are unpopular with workers.
  • Smoke-free workplace policies are only needed if there is a national smoke-free law.


  • Smoking areas imply that workers and visitors are still exposed to second-hand smoke, and that fire and accident risks remain. The only way to eliminate the hazards of tobacco smoke is through a 100% smoke-free policy.
  • Even the most advanced ventilation system cannot eliminate tobacco smoke or exposure to secondhand smoke. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers states that currently the only way to effectively eliminate the health risk associated with indoor exposure to second-hand smoke is to ban smoking.
  • Most smokers support smoke-free policies once they’ve experienced its benefits.
  • All countries mandate employers to provide a safe workplace for their workers, and tobacco smoke is a major health hazard. In several countries, smokefree workplaces have preceded national law and led the way for healthier policies.

Steps to create a smoke free campus


1. Convene a planning committee


2. Conduct a staff survey


3. Create a supportive environment


4. Establish and offer cessation services


5. Train staff on your smoke-free policy and compliance


6. Announce your smoke-free campus policy


7. Implement, enforce, monitor, evaluate


8. Sustain the smoke-free campus

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