Lung Association Applauds Harvard University for Making Harvard Yard Smokefree, Urges Other Colleges to Adopt Tobacco Free Policies

New Tobacco Free Policy at Harvard Yard Takes Effect August 15

(August 13, 2014)

The American Lung Association of the Northeast applauds Harvard University for making its historic Harvard Yard smokefree.  Beginning this Friday, August 15, no tobacco products may be used within Harvard Yard, an area not only frequented by students and staff but visited by people from all over the world. The tobacco free policy adopted by the University applies to all tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), hookahs, chewing tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products.  According to the University, this new policy will make Harvard the first Ivy League school to adopt a comprehensive tobacco free policy.


Tobacco-free policies are a growing trend on college campuses across the country. Today there are approximately 433 colleges and universities that are 100% tobacco-free, and more join the list every year.  Nevertheless, the Northeast, and Massachusetts in particular, has much room for improvement when it comes to protecting its students from tobacco on college campuses.   

“We commend Harvard University for making Harvard Yard a tobacco free zone,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “Far too many people suffer from lung diseases and see their lives cut short due to tobacco use.   If we can prevent young adults from smoking before they graduate from college, it’s highly unlikely that they will ever use tobacco and risk facing  tobacco-caused disease later in life. We hope to see other colleges and universities in our region modeling what Harvard has done.  Comprehensive tobacco free policies which prohibit tobacco use both indoors and outdoors discourage smoking and save lives.”

The American Lung Association is committed to helping smokers who want to quit become smokefree.  To learn more about the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® online program, which teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit, visit  Those looking for help quitting may also call the Lung Association’s free Lung HelpLine and Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (586-4872). To learn more about tobacco free colleges and universities, visit