Tobacco Free Campus

Ohio State Marion will be a Tobacco Free Campus
beginning January 1, 2014

On January 1, 2014, The Ohio State University at Marion will join Ohio State's campuses across the state and over 1,000 other colleges and universities in the U.S. and become tobacco free.  This new policy is about creating healthier campus environments for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. It is intended to foster greater respect for one another and improve the health of the Ohio State family. Additionally, adopting a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy aligns with Ohio State's growing commitment to environmental sustainability.  Under the new policy, smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on the Marion campus, including in buildings, athletic facilities, parking lots, and outdoors.

Many factors align to support the university as a whole and our campus moving forward with this proposal at this time:

  • Students have been working with Student life, advocating for Ohio State to go Tobacco Free. Faculty, staff, and leaders from various colleges, units, and regional campuses have asked to go tobacco free since the Medical Center did so in 2006.
  • On July 23, 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents passed a resolution recommending that all University System of Ohio schools go tobacco free.
  • On September 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a national initiative to eliminate tobacco use on college campuses.
  • The State of Ohio Healthy Ohio Program and the Ohio State Board of Education support tobacco free colleges and universities and are advocating for all campuses go tobacco free.
  • Ohio State was recently awarded the Bronze Level Health Lead Accreditation award by the US Healthiest Workplace Accreditation Program.
  • Workplace smoking bans reduce the prevalence of smoking and daily cigarette consumption.
  • Smoke free policies and norms are effective in reducing the initiation, prevalence, and intensity of smoking among young adults.

The health of the university community is at the heart of this initiative. Our intention is to become the healthiest university in the nation, and this is a vital step forward in that direction. You are encouraged to visit this site often to stay informed, learn more about why we want to become Tobacco Free Ohio State, and engage in the process.

More information on the tobacco-free initiative is available on our websites at:
>>> Tobacco Free Ohio State Policy 7.20