Clean Space Initiative

Clean Space is the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Tobacco-free campus initiative designed to create a healthy, positive, and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community and visitors of the College.

According to a report from, there are more than 1,800 100% smokefree campus sites. Of these, approximately 1,500 are also 100% tobacco-free and 1,400 also prohibit e-cigarette use.

The College enacted its tobacco-free campus policy (see below) in 2013 in partnership with Albany Law School, whose campus is adjacent to the ACPHS Albany Campus.

Email the Clean Space Campus Committee with questions or for more information about the policy.

ACPHS Tobacco-Free Policy


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire College community. The school’s tobacco-free policy has been established to help limit the negative effects of tobacco use and promote a culture of health and wellness. All members of the ACPHS community (including visitors) are expected to exercise respect, cooperation, and compliance with this policy.


Tobacco Products are defined as all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to, cigarettes (commercial or handmade), oral tobacco (spit and spit less, chew, snuff), cigars, cigarillos, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, or any other smoking material or device. 

Community Members refer to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, volunteers and visitors conducting business or participating in activities on all College campuses. 

Campus Facilities are defined as any facility or property owned, leased, used or occupied by the College; including all college vehicles. This applies to personally owned and rented vehicles when located on campus facilities or used to transport faculty, staff or students on any College related business, academic or student life activities.


Effective August 1, 2013, ACPHS is a tobacco-free institution. This policy prohibits community members from using tobacco products on campus facilities. The sale or free distribution of tobacco products on campus is also prohibited.


Support and Education

The College will provide programming to educate the College community of the policy and offer access to cessation programs to those who wish to quit the use of tobacco products. The College will promote the tobacco-free policy by placing highly visible signs throughout the College property, as well as having information available online and in designated administrative offices.


Effective implementation of this policy depends on the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the College community. All community members share the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the policy and have responsibility for communicating the policy to visitors in a courteous and considerate manner.


The primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance with the tobacco-free policy by educating community members about the existence of the policy, the rationale for the policy, and the availability of tobacco cessation support services both on and off campus. Continuous violation of this policy may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct or the Office of Human Resources for resolution. 

Visitors who violate the policy should be educated that the College is a tobacco-free campus. Visitors who refuse to comply with the policy following this education will be asked to leave campus.