As you may know, the voters of Washington state recently passed Initiative 901, which prohibits smoking inside and within 25 feet of restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, businesses, and other public places. To further reinforce our commitment to a healthy environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors, Seattle Pacific University is putting new measures in place to fully comply with and support this new law.
Effective today, SPU is an entirely smoke-free campus. Though the University has long prohibited smoking inside of and in close proximity to its buildings, a handful of ashtrays still exist in certain locations. In past years, these have been made available as a courtesy to campus visitors and guests. Now, as part of our observance of the new Initiative and desire to promote a healthy campus, these ashtrays will be removed, and smoking will be prohibited campuswide.
In the coming month, you will see signage and window decals in select locations across campus announcing these changes. We believe this is a step forward for the health of our campus and community, and we are pleased to support the changes that the Initiative brings. Thank you for your commitment to a smoke-free campus.