Messaging Tips

Please keep the following in mind about the policy when reaching out to someone smoking on campus:

  • Members of the CSUDH community are encouraged to provide education and information regarding the policy if they wish, but not to engage in enforcement. Instead, routine or recurrent violations of any policy should be reported to the campus police.
  • An encounter with a smoker should aim to be informative and not confrontational (i.e. assume the smoker is unaware of the policy, and is not intentionally violating the policy).
  • Use common sense, and do not attempt anything beyond providing information and support.
  • Be empathetic. The short time you spend discussing the policy with smokers may help them stop using tobacco.

Use common sense in engaging with policy violators, and do not attempt anything beyond providing information and support. (If you do not feel entirely safe, avoid further discussion or confrontation and leave the area. Seek help or call Police Services, if necessary.)

Refer the person to the Breathe Freely website for complete program details and resources.


Use the following scenarios and questions to help you discuss the policy.

Script 1

Question: Where am I allowed to smoke?
Response: Smoking and the use of tobacco products are not allowed on the CSUDH campus. If you wish to smoke, you will need to leave the campus to do so. Maps indicating campus boundaries can be found on the Breathe Freely website.

Script 2

Question: Am I allowed to smoke in my car?
Response: We ask that you respect the campus policy and not smoke or use tobacco products while your vehicle is on CSUDH property. Thank you.

Script 3

Notice for vendors, contractors and visitors:
We'd like to let you know that CSUDH is a Smoke, Tobacco, Vape Free environment. Smoking or the use of tobacco products is not be permitted on any university property or ground, including the parking areas. More information can be found on our Breathe Freely website. Thank you for respecting our policy.