Smoking Policy


Policy Statement

Washington and Lee University is committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all campus properties.


This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff employees, as well as anyone else on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by Washington and Lee University.


All faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to the University are expected to comply with Virginia law regarding the minimum age for persons purchasing or possessing tobacco prodcuts, nicotine vapor products and alternative products (21 years of age as of July 1, 2019 with an exception for active duty military personnel).

Smoking, including e-cigarettes/nicotine vapor products and alternative nicotine products, is not permitted inside classroom buildings, administrative buildings, student residential buildings (including Greek and theme housing), dining areas, University Store, athletic facilities, or University owned or rented vehicles or within 25 feet of residential buildings (including Greek and theme housing). Smokers are asked to refrain from smoking in entranceways to buildings, or adjacent to open windows or air intakes, or in other outdoor areas where environmental smoke is not rapidly dispersed. All members of the University community are expected to treat each other with courtesy and respect in honoring this policy.

Revision History

Revised July 1, 2019 to note the increase in legal age for purchase or possession from 18 to 21.