William and Mary's Smoking Policy

In March 2012, the University’s Smoking Policy was implemented to provide faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors and the community a smoke-free environment to visit, work and learn.

This policy states that no one may smoke in university vehicles or within 25 feet of any building entrance of all campus buildings and structures such as parking garages, stadiums, tents and the amphitheater.

This includes all forms of tobacco and vaping products, including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, hookahs, and other types of smoking paraphernalia. No Smoking signs are placed on the entrance and exit doors throughout campus buildings.

Smokers Out Posts can be found at a distance beyond 25 feet of any building.

Throwing tobacco products, especially cigarette butts, on the ground or in the waterways creates litter and causes harm to the environment and animals. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals (arsenic, lead, cadmium, aromatic hydrocarbons) that could pollute the environment and harm its ecosystems.  Made mostly of plastic, they are only biodegradable under ideal conditions, and can take anywhere from 2 to 25 years to biodegrade. For these reasons, all tobacco products should be extinguished and disposed of in smoking receptacles. For more information, please read our brochure on Cigarette Litter and the Environment.

Smoking in Vehicles. Smoking is prohibited inside all vehicles that are owned, leased or rented by the University.  

For more information, view the Smoking Policy Document.