Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus

See also: Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual - Policy 2250: Transition to a Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus

Date Originally Issued: 06-09-1997
Revised: 02-01-2007, 08-01-2007, 08-01-2009, 05-02-2016

NOTE: Smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited at the University of New Mexico and its branches, except in a small number of outdoor designated smoking areas. Most of these designated smoking areas will be phased out by Fall Semester 2017. FOR MAPS OF THE CURRENT DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS, click here for the Albuquerque campus map (which includes the Health Sciences Center and University Hospital); here for the Valencia campus map; and here for the Gallup campus map. (The two other branches do not have designated smoking areas.)

Authorized by RPM 3.1 ("Responsibilities of the President")

Process Owners: University President and Program Manager, UNM Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP)

The University of New Mexico is committed to wellness, prevention, and providing a healthful environment in which to learn, work, and visit. For these reasons and in compliance with state law, smoking and the use of tobacco (including e-cigarettes) are prohibited on all University campuses and property, except for a small number of designated outdoor smoking areas.  Accordingly, smoking and tobacco use are prohibited inside University buildings, in University owned vehicles, and in privately owned vehicles on University property.

A state law, the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, establishes smoke-free areas that extend within a reasonable distance from doorways, windows, and ventilation system intakes. It also prohibits situations where people must pass through tobacco smoke to enter or exit a building. In order to enforce this state law consistently near all campus buildings, smoking and tobacco use are prohibited except in a small number of designated outdoor smoking areas. UNM Police officers are authorized to enforce the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act by issuing citations for smoking and tobacco use outside of the designated areas. Fines for non-compliance are graduated and start at $100.00.