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Stanford asks for an end to tobacco sales on campus

Stanford University has asked campus vendors to stop selling tobacco products on campus.  Beginning March 1, no tobacco products will be sold at Stanford.

The vendors, who operate convenience stores in the Valero gas station and the Tresidder Union, have agreed to the university's request to phase out sales of tobacco products, which include cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

"The university is an advocate for the health and well-being of its entire community, and tobacco sales are inconsistent with our many programs that support healthy habits and behaviors," said Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development, who oversees campus business vendors.

The campus administration has been considering the elimination of tobacco sales on campus for some months, Weinstein said.

 The university already has a Smoke-Free Environment Policy, which was updated in 2011. That policy prohibits smoking in all classrooms, offices, enclosed buildings and facilities, including student resident halls. It permits outdoor smoking, except during organized outdoor or athletic events. Outdoor smoking is limited to areas more than 30 feet from buildings. The smoking policy was approved by the Stanford Office of the President and Provost.

The Stanford School of Medicine has been a smoke-free zone, including all of its outdoor spaces, since 2007. A separate smoke-free policy applies to the Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, which became 100 percent smoke free in January 2010.  Within the medical center complex, no smoking is allowed indoors or outdoors.

For more information on Stanford's Smoke-Free Environment Policy see: https://adminguide.stanford.edu/chapter-2/subchapter-2/policy-2-2-6.