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Letter from Dr. Michael N. Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs - 3/4/2019

Dear UAlbany Community,

I am writing to provide an update on the implementation of UAlbany’s tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy.

As of Feb. 25, the University has updated this policy to include designated campus smoking areas that will last until the start of the Spring 2020 semester. This update comes after careful consideration and productive, positive discussions between the University and the bargaining units that represent UAlbany employees.

The designated smoking areas shown on these maps of the Uptown and Downtown campuses will be in place until January 21, 2020 and are now the only locations on our campuses where smoking or tobacco use of any kind is permitted.

The University’s full tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy is available here. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you about the resources available to students and employees who are looking for assistance managing their tobacco use.

I hope you will join me in welcoming this important step toward a cleaner and healthier environment for all – and toward a 100 percent tobacco- and smoke-free UAlbany in 2020.


Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Letter from Dr. Michael N. Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs - 11/29/2018

Dear UAlbany Community,

I am pleased to announce that the UAlbany Tobacco and Smoke-free Policy has been signed by President Rodríguez and adopted as a formal University policy with an implementation date of January 1, 2019. With this step, we join 1,800 tobacco and smoke-free colleges and universities across our nation.

Our tobacco and smoke-free policy prohibits the use of tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, all forms of smokeless tobacco, and other smoking devices, such as vapor and electronic cigarettes. In addition, all events hosted by UAlbany, and by outside groups in our facilities, will be tobacco-free. In the simplest terms, this means that as of Jan. 1 there will be no location on any of UAlbany’s campuses where anyone will be permitted to use tobacco products of any kind.

You can read the entire policy here.

Understanding the challenge this change may pose to some members of our community, the University is offering craving management and cessation services to students and employees who would like assistance in managing or ending their tobacco use. To support this endeavor, we have also launched a tobacco-free website that includes information about these resources as well as the health and environmental benefits of a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Please know that this policy reflects the hard work of numerous committees over many years to solicit feedback from many campus stakeholders, including at open forums held recently on all three of our campuses. Most recently, this effort was led by the Tobacco-free UAlbany Steering Committee and the Policy Advisory Committee. I am grateful to everyone who has participated in this process up to this point.

Like many things, the success of this policy will depend on our collective efforts. I want to thank you in advance for your support and cooperation, and I am confident that this initiative will result in a healthier, cleaner, and safer environment for all members of the UAlbany community.

To learn more about this change and what it might mean for you, please join us at the next open forum on Tuesday Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center West Multipurpose Room.


Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Contact Us

Questions? Feedback?
Email the Tobacco- and Smoke-Free UAlbany Steering Committee Co-Chairs at


Estela M. Rivero, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for
Student Affairs Health,
Counseling, and Behavioral Health

M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research