Since smoking is not a protected right, a job duty of employees, nor an educational requirement, it is unlikely there is a need to accommodate a person with a disability to smoke.

However, if a person receives a prescription for tobacco smoking to alleviate a disability, that request should be directed to Disability Access Services for OSU students and the Office of Equity and Inclusion for OSU faculty and staff. All requests would be governed by federal and state law on disability accommodation.

Smoking is not allowed within the boundary of OSU’s Corvallis campus, as well as on any other University-owned property within Benton County that is marked with signage indicating a nonsmoking environment.

According to the policy (OAR Chapter 576, Division 040), “Smoking” means inhaling or exhaling smoke from, or burning or carrying, any lighted Smoking Instrument, or using an electronic cigarette or device intended to simulate smoking.

“Smoking Instrument” means a cigar, cigarette, pipe, electronic cigarette or other device intended to simulate smoking.

We don’t have that information, although county health data places the number of adult smokers in Benton County at around 10 percent.

Requests for a reasonable religious accommodation for tobacco/herb burning for Native American ceremonies can be made with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Such requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and governed by federal and state law.

To address potential language barriers, the international “no smoking” symbol is being used on campus signage, and included on marketing and educational materials where appropriate.

For our international community, education and communication about the policy is being done in collaboration with INTO-OSU, International Students of Oregon State University, and International Student Advising and Services to ensure the policy is understood and well-communicated prior to students arriving at OSU.

Smoking receptacles will be placed around the perimeter of campus for people to discard of their smoking-related trash. Failure to discard cigarette butts into a proper receptacle is considered littering.

Additionally, handouts have been provided to local businesses to help inform their customers about the upcoming policy. Community forums were held in August 2012 to inform the community about the policy and address concerns or questions.

At this time the policy only applies to OSU’s Corvallis campus. However, interest for a similar policy has been expressed by the Hatfield Marine Science Center and a handful of OSU Extension offices.

Yes. When people choose to smoke outdoors or inside, they are negatively impacting the health of all people around them.

  • The Surgeon General's report specifies that tobacco use in any form, active or passive represents a significant health hazard to both smokers and non-smoker bystanders.
  • Outdoor levels of secondhand smoke are equally as harmful as indoor levels.
  • Even brief exposure to smoke as you're walking into a building can cause or exacerbate heart disease, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke - secondhand smoke causes increased morbidity and mortality for those in contact with it.
  • Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and at least 69 chemicals known to cause cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke contains at least 172 toxic substances, including three regulated outdoor air pollutants.
  • Even occasional exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the incidence of coronary heart disease.

No, there is no Constitutional "right" to smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, nor is tobacco use a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution.

Data collected from campus surveys and research suggests there is a negative impact from people smoking on campus. For those with health problems such as heart disease, asthma or respiratory infection, undergoing chemotherapy or in remission from cancer, any amount of smoke exposure can be a significant problem.