Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disability and death in the United States.

In the U.S., tobacco use kills about 443,000 people per year—more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, suicides, and fires combined. About 49,000 of these deaths result from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Read more about the latest research about tobacco use.

Ball State University is committed to the health and wellness of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To support that pledge, Ball State became a tobacco-free campus on August 1, 2013.

The policy (PDF) restricts the use of tobacco products in all campus buildings and parking structures and on all campus grounds. Tobacco use is allowed only:

  • in personal vehicles with the windows rolled up
  • at designated tailgating areas during home football games

Anyone who fails to comply with the policy may be fined $100 per occurrence.

"The university is committed to providing a healthy learning and working environment for the entire community, and the new policy is consistent with the university's wellness initiatives and the tobacco-free health care premium discount," says Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs. "Ball State now is aligned with nearly 1,200 smoke-free and 800 tobacco-free campuses across the nation."

If you use tobacco, we encourage you to explore the resources and benefits available to help you quit. A tobacco-free campus is important for the health and vitality of the university community.