Policies and Disclosures

Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Effective January 1, 2019

ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for our students, faculty and staff on its campuses. To that end, it hereby adopts a Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Campus Policy effective January 1, 2019.

ArtCenter adopts this policy to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking, including the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (also known as vapes or e-cigarettes), on ArtCenter campuses; to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, while recognizing that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke; and to encourage a healthier, more productive learning environment for all members of our campus community.


ArtCenter campuses shall be entirely tobacco- and smoke-free effective January 1, 2019.

The Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Campus Policy applies to all ArtCenter facilities, property and vehicles, owned or leased, regardless of location. No smoking will be allowed anywhere on our campuses, including all indoor and outdoor spaces. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose for their visit.

Cigarettes and tobacco products, including but not limited to vapes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs and chewing tobacco shall not be used, sold or distributed as samples on campus grounds, either in vending machines or any area on campus.

No tobacco or electronic smoking device related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on ArtCenter property, at ArtCenter-sponsored events or in publications produced by ArtCenter, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by ArtCenter and which is lawfully sold, bought or distributed on ArtCenter property. Further exceptions exist for the depiction of smoking and tobacco use in artistic works created by students for the purpose of storytelling and character development.

This policy supplements and further restricts tobacco use as outlined in municipal codes established by the State of California and the City of Pasadena.

Questions regarding this policy should be handled through existing departmental administrative channels and administrative procedures.


In enacting this policy, ArtCenter has ensured our student and employee health insurance plans include cessation resources to support students, faculty and staff who want to quit smoking. Please contact the Center for the Student Experience (CSE) or Human Resources (HR) for support.


We are initiating this policy to address the overall health and wellness of our community and its environment. ArtCenter does not require students, faculty and staff to quit using tobacco products, however, we do expect individuals to follow the policy while on campus.

While the College's Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Policy is not meant to be punitive, repeat offenses may become a student or employee conduct issue and referred to CSE or HR.

The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers alike. All students, faculty and staff share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing it.

Ready to Quit?

Quitting tobacco isn't easy, but it can be done. If you’re ready, we encourage you to speak with your doctor or a health care professional. Both the student health insurance plan and employee health insurance plan outline smoking cessation resources available to students, faculty and staff. There are also a number of organizations dedicated to providing individuals the tools and support they need to live a tobacco-free life.

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