Tobacco use is a health and wellness issue, a social justice issue, and an environmental sustainability issue. 

Given Oberlin College's commitment to addressing these important topics, we adopted a Tobacco-Free Policy scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2016. It was passed as a policy by the General Faculty in December of 2014. Together we can create a healthier and more accessible community for students, employees, and visitors.

Tobacco Defined

For the purpose of the Oberlin College Tobacco-Free Policy, tobacco use is defined as 1) smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, clove cigarettes, hookah, or any other tobacco product or 2) using any form of smokeless tobacco, including dip, chew, snuff, or snus. Portable electronic vaporizers, including e-cigarettes, are not considered tobacco products under the current policy.


The use of all tobacco products by students, staff, faculty, and visitors is prohibited

  • in all  buildings, facilities, properties, and vehicles owned or operated by Oberlin College; 
  • on all  campus grounds, including at outdoor athletic events and programs held on college property;
  • in all campus facilities or on campus grounds being used for private events.

Tobacco products are permitted for use in Tappan Square, except during public events.

Portable electronic vaporizers are not permitted for indoor use but are permitted for outdoor use at least 30 feet from campus buildings. Portable vaporizers may not to used during outdoor, public events like Commencement. 

The use of  tobacco products in Tappan Square and the outdoor use of portable electronic vaporizers will be reevaluated in 2018.