Tobacco can be found in many different ways on a college campus. You can see someone with a lit cigarette, smell drifting secondhand smoke, see cigarette butt litter on the ground or read a tobacco company advertisement. Whatever the form, tobacco affects the college campus in different, but comparable dangerous ways.

Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of a public owned or operated building under State Government Code. This includes public universities and community college districts.  Any educational institution can set a policy to further restrict smoking on their campus.

Smoke-Free Educational Institutions in San Diego County

  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
  • Mesa College
  • MiraCosta College
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego State University
  • Southwestern College
  • University Of California, San Diego
  • University of San Diego

How You Can Help

If the college or university you attend or work at does not have a smoke-free policy, get involved.

The American Lung Association in California, San Diego Office is working with local college campuses on smoke-free policies. Contact them at 619-683-7514 


Colleges in San Diego County have been working on addressing tobacco on their campuses for years. See media clippings sharing stories on how these policies have unfolded.

Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District

Mesa College

Palomar College