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How to Quit: Tobacco Cessation

Miami University is tobacco-free.

Want to Quit?

The American Cancer Society offers a quit tobacco program called Fresh Start. The program, presented by our wellness staff, is available to Miami students, employees, their spouses and dependents (18-26 years old) covered by the Miami health plan. 

The program goal is to help each participant prepare for a successful quit attempt. The program includes four sessions: decide to quit, plan to quit, your quit day, and stay quit. Participants complete exercises to learn tools and tips to make quitting easier.  

Employees and spouses can qualify for the tobacco-free part of the Healthy Miami premium discount program upon completion of the Fresh Start classes. Additionally, an employee support group meets once a month for those who have completed the Fresh Start program.

Contact the Wellness team (513-529-3492), Phillips Hall, Suite 202M for details and schedule.


Contact the Student Wellness team (513-529-7893), Student Health Services (513-529-3000), for program details, schedule, peer-led cessation classes, and materials.


National, State, University Support

Board of Regents Message
Surgeon Generals' Report on Smoking and Tobacco Use
CDC Fact Sheet


Quit Kits contain items and information to help you quit using tobacco.

Request a free quit kit from Employee Wellness.


Currently not Healthy Miami Premium Discount Program-approved.

1-800-QUIT-NOW (or 1-800-784-8669)
Or visit

Available free of charge to all Ohio residents, the Ohio Tobacco QUIT LINE provides individualized tobacco-quitting guidance from trained, experienced cessation specialists.

American Lung Association "FREEDOM FROM SMOKING" Online Class

Currently not Healthy Miami Premium Discount Program-approved.

Visit the American Lung Association’s website to enroll in a FREE online version of “Freedom from Smoking.”

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Program

Miami University’s health care plan provides 100% coverage for smoking cessation products (such as nicotine patches and Chantix). For more detailed information please contact UMR customer service at 1-866-936-6003 or visit your UMR account.

Policy Enforcement

The following scenarios and scripts are designed to assist members of the Miami University community in the enforcement of the new Tobacco-Free policy.

Miami University expects all members of the Miami University community to be respectful and courteous when approaching someone using tobacco products on campus. If the tobacco user becomes agitated or hostile, please do not escalate the situation. Simply walk away.

Scenario #1

Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on the property of Miami University.
Response: “Hello, I am an (employee, student, etc) here at Miami University. I want to make you aware that we are a tobacco‐free campus…meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on our grounds. Thank you for your cooperation."

Scenario #2

For Vendors and Visitors to the Miami University Campus: "I'd like to let you know in advance that Miami University is a tobacco-free environment as of July 1, 2013. We respectfully ask that representatives from your organization refrain from using tobacco products on our property, grounds, or parking areas. We have employees and students who are trying to quit using tobacco and want to create an environment that will help them in their cessation efforts.”



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. To whom does the policy apply?
The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Q.  Does the policy apply to just the Oxford campus?
No, the policy applies to all Miami campuses including Luxembourg, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC), and any property owned or used by Miami. 

Q. What about Marcum Conference Center?
There is no longer designated smoking areas for visitors to Marcum Conference Center.

Q. What exactly does the policy prohibit?
Smoking is defined as burning of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking equipment, including, but not restricted to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars or pipes." Chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products are also prohibited.

Q. When was the policy implemented?
The original policy took effect on August 1, 2008. The updated policy took effect July 1, 2013.

Q. How is the policy enforced?
Our standard procedures to monitor compliance and violations will be in effect within all facilities and across the campuses. We expect all our employees, students and visitors to comply with this policy. While the University’s expectation was that people would voluntarily comply with our previous smoke-free policy, that has been only partly successful. Going forward, Miami will promote more active enforcement of its tobacco-free policy. Social awareness through active campaigns will encourage compliance.

Enforcing the Policy:

We shall interact with smokers firmly, but courteously and respectfully. Members of the Miami community can remind tobacco users that this is a tobacco-free campus and, to please refrain from smoking and tobacco use on university property.

Visitors are informed of the policy.

Employees seen smoking or using tobacco on the grounds should be asked to stop using tobacco. See supervisor question below.

Signs are posted in strategic locations throughout the campuses. People applying for positions at Miami are informed in advance that we have a smoke- and tobacco-free policy.

Students applying to Miami are told in the student handbook and at other opportunities that it is a tobacco-free university.

Q. What happens to students and employees who violate the policy?
Employees and students who violate the policy are first to be reminded that Miami is a smoke- and tobacco-free institution. Subsequent violations can result in disciplinary action similar to those taken if an employee or student violates any other Miami policy.

As with other violations of University policy or the Student Code of Conduct, Miami students identified as violating the smoking and tobacco ban will follow disciplinary procedures through Miami’s Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. Employee violations can be reported to supervisors. 

Q. What should supervisors do if they see an employee smoking in violation of this policy?
Among supervisor responsibilities is communicating to their staff the importance of following Miami University policies. Supervisors should not wait to hear of a violation of the tobacco or other policies, but are expected to act if they see or become aware of an employee using tobacco on university property. For the first offense, the supervisor should explain that Miami – in order to promote a healthy environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors – does not permit smoking or tobacco use on its grounds.

Failure to stop smoking or using tobacco after this request may be cause for disciplinary action. If an individual employee is found in violation of the policy the supervisor is to follow the normal procedure to address employees who do not adhere to University policy.

Supervisors of classified and administrative staff should enforce this policy as they would other university policies. The office of Human Resources and Academic Personnel are available to assist classified, administrative staff and faculty with personnel matters regarding the tobacco-free policy. The environmental health and safety office is available to answer questions related to environmental health and fire safety. Students who violate the tobacco-free policy may be reported to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.

Q. Do police officers issue citations or arrest people who refuse to stop?
No. Officers actively remind people of the smoke- and tobacco-free policy. If possible, the MU Police Department will report the incident to the employee’s supervisor or the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. If a visitor, parent, alumnus or member of the public refuses to follow the policy, the officer may instruct that person to leave Miami property.

Scenario #3

Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"
Response: "The use of tobacco products is not allowed anywhere on the campus including in your personal vehicle. If you need to smoke or use tobacco products, you will need to leave the campus. Thank you for respecting our policy.”

Scenario #4

For prospective students and their families, prior to visiting the Miami University campus: "I'd like to let you know in advance that Miami University is a tobacco-free environment as of July 1, 2013. The use of tobacco products is not allowed on our property, grounds, or parking areas. Thank you for respecting our policy."