Northwestern State University

Tobacco Free Policy



Effective August 1, 2014, Northwestern State University will become a Tobacco-Free University.  The use of all tobacco products in any form, and the use of e-cigarettes are prohibited on all campuses and property of Northwestern State University.  This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors at all University events and all University facilities, whether indoor or outdoor.  The Tobacco-Free policy also applies to housing located on the property of Northwestern State University.

To clarify the above statements, the use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times, on all Northwestern State University property and as follows:

·         in all interior space on Northwestern State’s main campus and all satellite locations

·         in all property leased or operated by Northwestern State

·         in all housing located on the Northwestern State campus

·         in all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, the entire facility

·         in any vehicle owned or leased by Northwestern State,

·         in all personal vehicles while on the campus of Northwestern State, while parked or moving.


In accordance with ACT No. 211, of the 2013 State of Louisiana Legislative Session, and in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 40:1300.263, all public post-secondary institutions shall be smoke free, and nothing shall prohibit a public post-secondary institution from developing a tobacco-free policy for its campus, the University has established a Tobacco-Free Policy.  “Smoke-Free” means the prohibition of smoking as defined in R.S. 40:1300.253(14).  “Tobacco-Free” means the prohibition of the use of tobacco derived or containing products, as defined in R.S. 40:1300.263(B)(2). 


All facilities, property (whether owned or leased), and all vehicles of Northwestern State University regardless of campus or location are Tobacco Free.



Additional Information




Tobacco Free Policy


RS 40:1300.253  Definitions


RS 40:1300.256  General Smoking Prohibitions


RS 40:1300.261  Notice of Prohibition


RS 40:1300.262  Enforcement, Penalties


RS 40:1300.263  Development of Smoke Free Policies



Frequently Asked Questions



E-cigarette Fact Sheet


ACT 815 Fact Sheet-Revised



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