Smoking FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Tobacco Free Policy go into effect?

The Policy will go into effect on August 1, 2014.

How does the new policy differ from the previous policies?
The new policy makes all campuses of Northwestern State University Tobacco Free.  This includes all University Property, whether owned or leased.
What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by the policy?
  • Cigarettes
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Snuff
  • Snus
  • Water Pipes
  • Pipes
  • Hookahs
  • Chew
  • Any other non-combustible tobacco product


Does the policy prohibit me from bringing tobacco products to work?

No, you may bring it to work, but you MAY NOT USE the products on any campus of Northwestern State University.

Who does the policy apply to?
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Visitors
  • Contractors
  • Vendors


  • Everywhere ~ By Everyone ~ At all times 
What areas of campus does the policy apply to?
All property of Northwestern State University--all campuses.  Rented and leased properties are also covered by the policy.
Are any locations exempted?

No the are no exemptions.

How do I know where Northwestern State's property begins and ends?

Natchitoches Campus:  The Natchitoches Campus has boundaries of Chaplain's Lake, University Parkway, and the Hwy 1 ByPass.  You must be across University Parkway to be off of University Property.


Shreveport Campus:  The Shreveport Campus is much more difficult to describe the boundaries.  The


Leesville Campus:  The Leesville Campus is a remote site with boundaries of forest and a state highway.


CenLA Campus:  Includes the building that the offices are located in.

Am I allowed to smoke in my car while it's parked on Northwestern State's property?

By policy, if your vehicle is parked on NSU property, then you are not allowed to smoke in your vehicle.


The law states that there is no smoking on University property.


The policy states that tobacco use is prohibited "Everywhere ~ By everyone ~ At all times"

Am I allowed to leave Northwestern Sate University's property for tobacco use during my workday?
If you leave University property, you should have approved annual or compensatory leave for the time taken.
Am I allowed to take breaks to leave Northwestern State University's property to smoke?

If you leave University property, you should have approved annual or compensatory for the time taken.


Only other time would be on your approved lunch break.