Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus Starts August 1

July 16, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Loyola University Chicago is committed to creating a healthy and clean campus environment as part of the Jesuit value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. On August 1, we will become a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free university in recognition of the health risks associated with tobacco. We are proud to join 22 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. in being smoke free.

Since Loyola announced this initiative on May 4, the Division of Student Development and Human Resources have engaged students and other Loyola community members in crafting the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy. As the policy states, all members of the Loyola community and visitors to our campuses are prohibited from tobacco use, marijuana use, and vaping in interior spaces, outdoor property, University-owned or leased vehicles, and outdoor athletic facilities. This policy statement is specifically referenced in the Community Standards for students and is covered in the Faculty Handbook (Faculty Conduct) and Staff Handbook (Rules of Conduct) and is considered a violation of University policy.

Successfully becoming a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free university will depend on the entire Loyola community. Both those who smoke and those who do not smoke must share a commitment to health and safety. We ask faculty, staff, and students to help discourage their colleagues and friends from using tobacco products or vaping on any of our campuses. Any concerns or policy violations can also be shared with smokefree@LUC.edu without fear of retaliation.

Smoking cessation resources

For anyone looking to stop tobacco use or vaping, Loyola offers several resources:

  • Students: Wellness Center resources include individual consultations and referrals to local programs. Loyola’s Safety Net website also provides resources for students and families seeking policies, support, and cessation tips for alcohol and drug use.
  • Faculty and staff: Faculty and staff are invited to attend group smoking cessation courses through Emerge. Courses are offered via Zoom on July 21, July 28, and August 18. Additional smoking cessation resources include the Aetna Tobacco Cessation Journeys program as well as access to licensed professionals, videos, and articles through the Perspectives Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The Perspectives coaching program focuses on the individual to develop a successful path to smoking cessation and living a smoke-free lifestyle.

Thank you again to the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) and University Senate for their insights, research, and commitment to making this smoke-free initiative a reality.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Winifred Williams, PhD

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Jane Neufeld

Vice President, Division of Student Development

Sarita K. Heer, PhD

Lecturer of Fine Arts in Art History

Chair, University Senate, 2021-22