Morningside Campus Updates Smoking Policy

To support the health and wellness of all members of the Columbia community, the University has adopted a "consistent distance rule," specifying that smoking is prohibited outdoors within 20 feet of all University buildings (including undergraduate housing) on the Morningside campus. This is consistent with New York State law and public health best practices. Members of our community, including visitors, are required to follow Columbia policies. To comply with this policy change, receptacles have been moved at least 20 feet away from all campus buildings, including physical structures such as entrances, overhangs, and air intakes.

Below are also several options for members of the campus community who wish to quit smoking:

  • Students on the Morningside campus may have access to a comprehensive tobacco cessation program offered through Columbia Health.  Columbia students can meet with a tobacco cessation specialist, who will provide individual support, help students understand the process of quitting and develop a personal plan to stop using tobacco. Students can learn more by scheduling an appointment with Columbia Health.
  • Faculty and staff have access to cessation programs through the healthcare plans and the Employee Assistance Program.
  • For those who are enrolled in one of Columbia's healthcare plans, each offers a number of ways to help with smoking cessation. For example, CIGNA offers a personal health coach. UHC will provide assistance through MyNurseline. Aetna's nurses can be reached by calling 800-556-1555. Another way to get help is to call the member services toll-free number on the back of your healthcare insurance ID card.
  • All faculty and staff can call the Columbia University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) anytime, day or night, at 888-673-1153, or visit the EAP website for helpful information (username: columbia; password: eap). 
  • Students, faculty and staff who are NYC residents may also call 311 to locate a city-sponsored tobacco cessation program.

Visit the wellness webpage for a listing of other wellness-related initiatives at Columbia.