The University of Pennsylvania is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment for all members and guests of our community. Therefore, it is University policy that all smoking and tobacco use (including the use of smokeless tobacco) is prohibited in all University buildings and facilities, including but not limited to all classrooms, residences, laboratories, work areas, common or lounge areas, conference or meeting rooms, hallways, dining facilities, libraries, facilities that host athletic events and activities (e.g., gymnasiums, stadiums), and restrooms. All smoking and tobacco use is also prohibited in all University  owned, leased/rented, or operated vehicles (e.g., Penn Bus, Facilities and Real Estate Services vehicles) and in designated Penn campus open spaces (including but not limited to Penn Park, Shoemaker Green, Edward W. Kane Park, College Hall Green, Locust Walk). In addition, all smoking and tobacco use is prohibited within twenty (20) feet of any entrance to a University facility or building. This policy shall apply to all University facilities and buildings inside and outside of the City of Philadelphia.The policy covers all smoking methods, including but not limited to the use of electronic smoking devices, such as electronic cigarettes, juuling, cigars and pipes (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes) and hookah-smoked products.

Penn is a Tobacco Free Campus

Watch this video to find out how Penn students helped make it happen.

For a comprehensive list of resources for the entire Penn community click here. Need one-on-one help quitting? Schedule an appointment to discuss a holistic approach to becoming a non-smoker, through “WholeBreath Smoking Cessation.” We will assist you in becoming more aware of the patterns of your smoking habit, and provide you with strategies and techniques to make quitting possible. Click here for more information.

E-Cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices

As of October 2017, the University of Pennsylvania is a tobacco-free campus. This includes the use of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, JUUL, etc.). See the full policy here.

Campus Health and Student Health Service are working collaboratively with campus partners, including the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives (AOD), and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System to understand vaping/e-cigarette use among students. Campus Health has conducted four focus groups throughout September for qualitative data and implemented the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, which will provide quantitative data on e-cigarette/JUUL use on our campus. Both qualitative data from focus groups and quantitative data from NCHA will help inform future health education and programming for students.

Student Health Service provides students with free and unlimited smoking and tobacco cessation appointments. If you believe you have developed an addiction to electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, JUUL, etc.) and need help quitting, schedule an appointment at Student Health Service by calling 215-746-3535 or make an appointment online.

What‘s the bottom line?

  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.


Additional Information

What are e-cigarettes?

Use of e-cigarettes has grown rapidly over the past several years, despite limited knowledge about the products’ impact on health

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air. They come in various shapes and sizes – one of the most popular is JUUL

What’s in them?

A standard JUUL pod contains a toxic aerosol mixture of chemicals, including a high-level nicotine. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes

Other e-cigarette products and vape cartridges may contain THC oil, thickeners such as vitamin E acetate, and other additives

What are the health risks?

The nicotine in JUULs is highly addictive. Nicotine has the power to alter your brains’ chemistry, which can be especially harmful for teens and young adults under age 25, whose brains are still developing. Nicotine raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate, which can be a risk for developing cardiac disease. The more you vape, the more your brain and body get used to having nicotine, and the harder it is to go without it.

Recently, vaping has been associated with respiratory illnesses that have affected hundreds of people across the country. Research on these cases is still ongoing.

What are the signs of nicotine addiction?

Signs of addiction include:

  • Cravings, or feeling like you really need to vape
  • Thoughts about vaping interrupt you during other activities
  • Going out of your way to vape/JUUL
  • Feeling anxious or irritable if you want to use vape/JUUL but can’t.
  • Continuing to vape/JUUL even though you want to stop