Welcome to SXU's Tobacco-Free Campus
Saint Xavier University is committed to providing a safe and healthy living/learning/working environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors by minimizing the negative effects of secondhand smoke, improving fire safety and encouraging a more sustainable environment.
Effective January 1, 2017, tobacco use is prohibited on all University property, both indoors and outdoors, and in University-owned vehicles. The policy is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
Use of any tobacco product on campus property, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, water pipes (hookah) and smokeless tobacco is prohibited, as well as innovations in smoke or tobacco products, such as any non-FDA approved electronic nicotine delivery device, e-cigarette or vape pen.
"Tobacco-free" campuses advocate for the health of all, including the user. "Smoke-free" is primarily focused on the health of others due to secondhand smoke exposure. In that respect, we've chosen to become a tobacco-free campus.
The negative health effects of tobacco use have been well documented over the last 50 years since the original Surgeon General's report in 1964, and these negative effects pose public health concerns in a school environment as well. The U.S. Government's Healthy People 2020 lists tobacco-related illness as a top health determinant that negatively affects the lives of citizens. Tobacco-related illness is not limited to just the person who is smoking or chewing the tobacco; there has been evidence of the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke for decades, as well as the environmental concerns posed by cigarette butts, e-cigarette vapor and the expectorant (spit) of those chewing tobacco. Please see the full Tobacco-Free Task Force Report (PDF) for a discussion of scientific evidence pertaining to the health and environmental dangers of tobacco use.
Saint Xavier University is excited to be joining the increasing amount of colleges and universities in the United States that are establishing tobacco-free campuses. As of April 1, 2016, there were 1,427 tobacco-free campuses in the United States, including all state schools in Illinois. This number continues to grow every year.
Generously supported by the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society.