• CSUN Is Smoke and Tobacco Free

    CSUN Is Smoke and Tobacco Free Since 2015

Messaging Tips


Please keep the following in mind about the guidelines when reaching out to someone smoking on campus after Aug. 19, 2015:

  • Members of the CSUN community are encouraged to provide education and information regarding the guidelines if they wish, but not to engage in enforcement. Instead, routine or recurrent violations of any guidelines should be reported to the Department of Police Services at (818) 677- 2111.
  • An encounter with a smoker should aim to be informative and not confrontational (i.e. assume the smoker is unaware of the guidelines, and is not intentionally violating the guidelines).
  • Use common sense, and do not attempt anything beyond providing information and support.
  • Be empathetic. The short time you spend discussing the guidelines with smokers may help them stop using tobacco.
  • Use common sense in engaging with guidelines violators, and do not attempt anything beyond providing information and support. (If you do not feel entirely safe, avoid further discussion or confrontation and leave the area. Seek help or call Police Services, if necessary.)
  • Refer the person to the Clear The Air website for complete program details and resources.


Use the following scenarios and questions to help you discuss the guidelines.

Script 1

Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on the CSUN campus.
Response: Hello, my name is ________, and I am a(n) (employee and/or student) here at CSUN. I want to make you aware that as of Aug. 19, 2015 we are now a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, which means that smoking is prohibited on campus. CSUN implemented these guidelines because we are committed to providing a cleaner and healthier, smoke-free environment for the entire campus community. We would appreciate it if you would not smoke or use tobacco products while on campus. Thank you for helping us keep our campus smoke and tobacco free.

Script 2

Question: Where am I allowed to smoke?
Response: Smoking and the use of tobacco products are not allowed on the CSUN campus. If you wish to smoke, you will need to leave the campus to do so. Maps indicating campus boundaries can be found on the Clear the Air website

Script 3

Question: Am I allowed to smoke in my car?
Response: We ask that you respect the campus guidelines and not smoke or use tobacco products while your vehicle is on CSUN property. Thank you.

Script 4

Advance notice for vendors, contractors and visitors We’d like to let you know that as of Aug. 19, 2015, CSUN will be a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Smoking or the use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any university property and ground, including the parking areas. More information can be found on our Clear the Air website. Thank you for respecting our new guidelines.