Living Tobacco-Free

NIH Tobacco-Free Policies


The Tobacco-Free NIH web site is aptly subtitled “Using Our Own Best Advice."  As noted there:
“The NIH is the steward of medical and behavior research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
A significant amount of research has been conducted on the health effects of smoking. The research has clearly identified that:  tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in this country and second hand smoke is a known cancer causing agent. In light of concern for those who visit or work at the NIH, it is imperative that we move forward with this tobacco-free policy and bring our mission home to our campus.”
Please Note:
The purpose of tobacco-free workplace policies is two-fold:
  • To create a healthy work environment for all    employees
  • To make sure tobacco users are aware of workplace-sponsored or workplace-related cessation services

If you use tobacco or know someone who does, be sure to check out our page about Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Products and Services.

Policy Statements
 NIH Manual Issuance 1321 describes the Bethesda campus tobacco-free policy in more detail – and incorporates tobacco-free policy for off-campus facilities at:
  • NCI Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland 
  • Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer   Research in Frederick, Maryland
  • NIEHS at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and
  • NIAID facility in Hamilton, Montana