Tobacco can be found in many different ways on a college campus. You can see someone with a lit cigarette, smell drifting secondhand smoke, see cigarette butt litter on the ground or read a tobacco company advertisement. Whatever the form, tobacco affects the college campus in different, but comparable dangerous ways.
Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of a public owned or operated building under State Government Code. This includes public universities and community college districts. Any educational institution can set a policy to further restrict smoking on their campus.
Smoke-Free Educational Institutions in San Diego County
- Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
- Mesa College
- MiraCosta College
- Palomar College
- Point Loma Nazarene College
- San Diego City College
- San Diego Mesa College
- San Diego State University
- Southwestern College
- University Of California, San Diego
- University of San Diego
How You Can Help
If the college or university you attend or work at does not have a smoke-free policy, get involved.
- See if your school has a committee or club you can join and bring up your concerns.
- Contact the California Youth Advocacy Network College Program for assistance. They partners with college students, faculty, staff, and tobacco control professionals to transform tobacco-related norms on college campuses.
- Join the SmokeFreeSanDiego Team
- Like us on Facebook to see what is going on in San Diego
The American Lung Association in California, San Diego Office is working with local college campuses on smoke-free policies. Contact them at 619-683-7514
Colleges in San Diego County have been working on addressing tobacco on their campuses for years. See media clippings sharing stories on how these policies have unfolded.