What: Duke University will be a smoke-free campus beginning July 1, 2020. This means the use of all combustible tobacco products (tobacco that is burned) will be prohibited at Duke University. The policy does not apply to non-combustible forms of tobacco, such as e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or therapeutic products containing nicotine.
When: This policy goes into effect on July 1, 2020, to allow more than two years for people who smoke within the Duke community to seek and obtain treatment to overcome their nicotine dependence.
Where: This policy applies to all buildings or grounds owned or leased by Duke University. It supplements the tobacco-free policy implemented by Duke Health, including the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, in 2007.
Who: All students, staff, faculty, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and vendors on Duke University property are subject to the policy.
Why: As part of the Healthy Duke initiative, Duke seeks to promote a healthy environment for members of its community and those it serves. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death, and it leads to the death of two-thirds of all smokers. Duke will be joining a majority of other colleges and universities across the country that have adopted smoke-free policies.
Expectations of Supervisors/Managers
- Inform: continue to make sure your staff are aware of this on-going initiative and the work place expectations
- Support: encourage smokers among your staff to make use of the tobacco cessation and other support resources available through Duke LIVE FOR LIFE, and their personal physician
- Recognize: staff who have become smoke-free as a result of their efforts and response to this change in workplace policy
- Create and foster a “quit-friendly” environment: educate yourself and your staff about the cessation process and how to support those breaking free from smoking. Engage former smokers as advocates.
- Act responsibly: support the smoke-free policy by holding all persons accountable, including staff, students, faculty, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and contractors. Managers are expected to engage smokers on Duke University owned and solely-leased properties, both inside and outside of all buildings, on grounds, interior streets and parking structures, informing them of our policy and offering tobacco cessation resources.
“Ask the Expert” video Q&A: Listen to Dr. James Davis, director for the Duke Smoking Cessation Program, explain the rationale behind the policy, why e-cigarettes are allowed, and what resources are available to help smokers quit.
Smoke-Free PowerPoint Presentation: Use this PowerPoint presentation with your faculty, staff, or students to provide an overview for the Smoke-Free policy that will go into effect July 1, 2020.
How to Address Employee Non-Compliance: Review this scenario to understand how to address an issue with an employee who does not comply with the smoke-free policy.