Wittenberg is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive work environment for its employees and students. We recognize and support the findings of the United State Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form poses a significant health hazard to tobacco users and to those exposed to secondhand smoke. Furthermore, we are committed to upholding The Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act, which prohibits "smoking" in a "public place" or a "place of employment." As such, smoking is prohibited in all university vehicles and buildings, and in the areas immediately adjacent to the entrances or exits from those buildings. Immediately adjacent means that smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of entrances, operable windows, and outdoor air intakes and may be defined more restrictively if warranted by the use of the building and unique needs of its occupants. This prohibition is without regard to the time of day or the presence of other employees and includes, but is not limited to, residence halls, classrooms, labs, offices, restrooms, private offices and other common interior spaces. It applies to all faculty, staff, students, contract service employees, campus visitors and vendors.
All of us share the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy. Any concern should be brought to the attention of your supervisor, department head, campus police or the director of human resources.
The university will provide financial support to individuals who wish to enroll in a university-approved smoking cessation program.