Smoke Free Workplace

Oregon’s Smoke Free Workplace Law prohibits smoking in public buildings and within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of workplaces or public places, as of January 1, 2009.

Pacific has taken several measures to ensure that this law is respected on all campuses, even taking an additional step by making our Hillsboro Campus a completely smoke-free campus.


The purpose and intent of this policy is to create an environment that is consistent with the University’s commitment to improve the health and wellness of its community and to comply with Oregon’s Smoke Free Workplace Law. 

The smoke-free workplace 10 foot prohibition has been implemented at Pacific University’s Forest Grove, Eugene and Portland Psychology Clinic Campuses. Our Hillsboro Campus is completely smoke-free.

How are we complying?

Posting notices that prohibit smoking within 25 feet of residence halls and 10 feet of all building entrances.

Prohibit sale and distribution of tobacco products of any kind on University owned and controlled property.

Assistance with employees, students, visitors, patients and others who are interested in treatment for tobacco dependency.

For the complete Pacific University policy, including enforcement and other compliance related procedures, please view our Smoke & Tobacco Free Workplace Policy.

Benefits of a Smoke-free Workplace

For the employer

  • A smoke-free environment helps create a safer, healthier workplace
  • Direct health care costs to the company may be reduced
  • A clear plan that is carefully put into action by the employer to lower employees' exposure to secondhand smoke shows the company cares
  • Employees may be less likely to miss work due to smoking-related illnesses
  • Maintenance costs go down when smoke, matches, and cigarette butts are taken out of work facilities
  • Office equipment, carpets, and furniture last longer
  • The risk of fires is lower
  • It may be possible to get lower health, life, and disability insurance coverage as employee smoking goes down

For the employee

  • A smoke-free environment helps create a safer, healthier workplace
  • Employees who are bothered by smoke will not be exposed to it at work
  • Smokers who want to quit may have more of a reason to do so
  • Smokers may appreciate a clear company policy about smoking at work
  • Managers are relieved when a process for dealing with smoking in the workplace is clearly defined

Pacific Speaks

How would you approach an individual who is violating the new smoking policy that one may not smoke within 10 feet of each campus building?

“Just thought I’d let you know because you probably weren’t aware that there is a new smoking policy that states you cannot smoke with 10 feet of any campus building. It’s a new policy since the beginning of the year. There is so much information to absorb, I’m sure you just missed the information they sent out on it. ”
-Ingrid Unterseher
Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs

“Hey there...not sure if you’re aware or not, but Oregon recently passed a law prohibiting smoking within 10 feet of buildings. Just thought I should let you know.”
-Lance Kissler
Director of Marketing for University Advancement

"Beautiful day out isn't it?  I appreciate your desire to take a smoke break and enjoy the nice day but did you know that you're violating the Smoke Free Workplace Law?  As of January 1st, 2009, Oregon’s new law prohibits smoking in public buildings and within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes. Since you're standing close to a ventilation intake and we have employees who are sensitive to fumes and odors, would you made moving farther away from the building?  I'd appreciate it and I'm sure they would also. "
-Nancy Connolly
Accounts Payable Specialist for the Business Office

Benefits of Quitting Over Time

  • 20 minutes after quitting – blood pressure drops to level close to that before the last cigarette; temperature in hands and feet increases to normal
  • 8 hours after quitting – carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • 24 hours after quitting – chance of heart attack decreases
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting – circulation improves; lung function increases
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting – coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
  • 1 year after quitting – excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
  • 5 to 15 years after quitting – stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker
  • 10 years after quitting – lung cancer death rate is half that of a continuing smoker
  • 15 years after quitting – risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker


Pacific University’s Employee Assistance Program
Oregon’s Smokefree Workplace
Benefits of Quitting Over Time
American Cancer Society: Smoking in the Workplace