President's Directive No. 18

University Smoking Policy


California State University, Fullerton is committed to a healthy and productive environment. As such, and in light of well-established health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, California State University, Fullerton prohibits smoking in all interior and exterior campus areas and locations effective August 1, 2013 as specified below:

  • Buildings (including residence halls), structures (including parking structures), and outdoor areas owned, leased or rented by the university or one of its auxiliaries whether located on or off the Fullerton main campus.
  • Vehicles owned, leased or rented by the university or one of the university’s auxiliaries.
  • Vehicles on university-owned, leased, or rented land or in university-owned, leased, or rented parking structures.

The sale or distribution of any tobacco product, including smokeless tobacco products, also is prohibited. Additionally, sponsorship of a university activity or event by a tobacco product manufacturer is prohibited unless explicitly authorized in writing by the university president or designee.


The California State University Board of Trustees has delegated authority to campus presidents to adopt rules regulating smoking on campuses.

The State of California prohibits smoking in all public buildings and other enclosed areas of employment. Authority to issue this Policy is based on Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42356; and California Government Code Section 7597.


This policy applies to all university faculty, staff, students and visitors and to all interior and exterior campus areas and locations identified in Section I.

Smoking in university-sponsored theater and dance productions, student-authored or sponsored scenes, showcases or workshops produced as part of the department of theatre and dance season may be authorized by the Dean of the College of the Arts only when listed in a script as a required part of a performance. Smoking in Associated Students-sponsored performances may be authorized only when listed in a script as a required part of a performance and only when approved in writing by the Dean of the College of the Arts or the Executive Director of the Associated Students, as appropriate. Additionally, notification to the university president or designee must be provided by the Dean or Executive Director in advance of the performance.


"Smoking" is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted smoking product, including electronic cigarettes. “Visitors” include university volunteers, contractors and vendors.


The Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion has overall responsibility for implementing this policy. To provide adequate time to create awareness, outreach, and educational programs, including smoking cessation and counseling programs, this policy is effective August 1, 2013 and supersedes all previous university smoking policies. Prior to this effective date, the previous university smoking policy will remain in effect.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will collaborate with the following entities to provide faculty, staff, students and visitors with notice of this policy through signs, presentations, and publications, and to develop tobacco education programs, smoking cessation programs, and other suitable outreach and counseling programs.

  • Student Health and Counseling Center
  • Human Resources
  • Faculty Affairs and Records
  • Strategic Communications
  • Dean of Students
  • International Education and Exchange


The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, civility and cooperation of all members of the campus community, including visitors. Compliance is grounded in an informed and educated campus community. Incidents related to this policy will be addressed through applicable administrative processes. Questions may be directed to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety or the Director of University Risk Management.

Reviewed & Approved By President Willie J. Hagan
Date: June 6, 2012

Revised & Reissued by President Mildred García
Date: July 23, 2013