University Tobacco Policy Changes Reflect Recent Changes to Oregon Law

Students, Faculty and Staff,

With Spring Semester now underway, we want to make you aware of recent changes to Oregon law and Pacific University policy regarding tobacco usage and possession.

Changes to Oregon law took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems (vaping) to anyone under age 21. The law also prohibits the possession of these items on all college and university campuses in Oregon by anyone under 21. This applies all individuals under 21 at all Pacific University locations, including residence halls and university parking lots.

As many of you know, Pacific's Hillsboro Campus is completely tobacco free, meaning that the use, possession or sale of any type of tobacco product on campus grounds is already prohibited. Additionally, our Forest Grove, Eugene and Woodburn campuses are smoke free, meaning that any type of smoking (e.g. cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaping) is prohibited.

Last week, the University Council approved revisions to the Student Code of Conduct to reflect the recent law changes. For your convenience, the full text of the affected part of the university Student Code of Conduct, as approved by the University Council on Feb. 1, 2018, is provided here:

POLICY

Tobacco & Inhalant Delivery Systems – In compliance with ORS 431A.175 and ORS 339.883, tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems may not be possessed or used by any person under twenty-one (21) years of age on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.

  • “Inhalant delivery system” means: (i) A device that can be used to deliver nicotine, tobacco, or cannabinoids in the form of a vapor or aerosol to a person inhaling from the device; or (ii) A component of a device described above, or a substance in any form sold for the purpose of being vaporized or aerosolized by a device described above, whether the component or substance is sold separately or is not sold separately.

Resources are available for Pacific University students and employees who currently use tobacco products but would like to quit. Students can learn more through the Student Health Center, while faculty and staff may do so through the university's Employee Assistance Program.

For more information about the how the new university policy may affect you, please contact the offices of Student Life (students) or Human Resources (faculty/staff).

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Feb. 8, 2018